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One day someone who evidently felt sorry for Helen Keller was
reflecting her miserable mute and blind condition. That person
somehow communicated the idea that it must be horrible to have
been born without the gift of sight. Helen Keller replied, “The
greatest gift that God ever to gave to humanity was not sight but
vision!”
Helen’s point was that vision is a function of the heart and not of the
eyes. The key to successful living is our ability to see beyond what our
eyes can perceive! Human vision is the capacity to see beyond sight!
We live in the most fortunate
generation because it has been
the recipient of great vision!
Think for just a moment of the
great vision that permeated the
thoughts of the individuals in the
short list which follows:
Benjamin Franklin, Thomas
Edison, Albert Einstein, Henry
Ford, the Wright Brothers, Alexander Graham Bell, John Deere, George
Eastman, Philo Farnsworth, Bill Gates, Charles Goodyear, Guglielmo
Marconi, Samuel Morse, and Nikola Tesla. The point is that these individuals
were people of vision! True vision is seeing the future before it comes into
being! Without vision, our future would look just like the past. However, for
the first time in history, our generation does not look anything at all like the
past! It is no longer a horse and buggy world. Think of all of the marvelous
creations that have come about just during our generation! The laptop &
desktop computer, rockets & space travel, etc. In all of these advances vision
and not sight has been the source of innovation, transformation and progress!
Our English New Testament often employs the word “vision.” That word ultimately
comes from the Greek word “ optikos. ” Most of us realize that the English word
“optics” is the science that deals with light. Further, most of us realize the concept
that “light” showed up on the first day of creation, “And God said, Let there be
light: and there was light” (Gen 1:3). Whereas the sun which produces every
physical manifestation of light, as we know it, appeared on the fourth day, “And
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God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from
the night” (Gen 1:14). The whole point is that the light that showed up on the first
day was the illumination of God. In contrast, the light that showed up on the fourth-
day became the only awareness of light of which the natural man is fully conscious.
However, the fourth-day light was merely a physical manifestation of God’s original
illumination!
What is the difference between the two lights? Simply stated, if you live merely by the
sight of your eyes (vision produced by the light of the 4 th day) you will always be limited in
your vision (the illumination of the 1 st day) . Eyes that look are common; but eyes that see
are rare. In this Bible Study we are going to examine the Biblical difference between sight
and vision.
We have learned that, “the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly
seen , being understood by the things that are made ” (Rom 1:20). This emphasizes that
there should be a connection between seeing and understanding. Therefore let us
spiritually comprehend the physical eye in order that we may be able to better understand
the depth of vision.
Light does not make an object real; rather, it simply makes that object visible. In actual
fact, normal light is invisible until it strikes an object. God’s first created component was
light, “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light , that
it was good” (Gen 1:3-4). Notice that God could see the light; yet, there was nothing
physical upon which the light could reflect! God created light before any physical thing.
Any object is of no value unless there is a mechanism with which to perceive that thing.
Let’s consider some Biblical verses which reveal the significance of light. John the Baptist
was sent to bear witness of the Messiah who turned out to be, “the true Light , which
lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1:9). Jesus himself said, “ I am the
light of the world : he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light
of life (John 8:12). Therefore, the true light of God is not a physical essence out of the
earth’s electromagnetic spectrum that reflects upon substance and thereby causes revelation
of the thing upon which it
shines!
Human eyes require light
in order to detect any
object. Things may
certainly exist even
without light or vision. Is
what we see all there is to
see? Not necessarily.
There is a world brightly
illuminated by infrared
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light. We live in this world, but we can't see it. They just cannot be seen. Some objects
even have the ability to see heat, this requires special infrared detectors which must be
cooled with liquid nitrogen or other elements that can get well below 0 C. In the
same way that the inside of a camera has to be dark, the body of an IR detector
intended to detect heat must be very cold. Just like the physical world hides secrets
invisible to the natural eye, there are spiritual objects which are not visible with out the
light of Jesus Christ! “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
In the same fashion, human vision requires more than light, and some object; vision also
requires an eye to see. What are some characteristics of the eye? It is worthless without
light and an object to reflect that light. As we understand this let’s consider what Jesus
said, “ The light of the body is the eye : if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall
be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall
be full of darkness” (Matt 6:22-23). The only way that we can
have an eye that is spiritually sound is by, “ Looking unto Jesus
the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb 12:2). Notice two
things here! The Bible teaches us to look to Jesus; He is
supposed to be the lens that we look through. Further, the
Bible calls Jesus the author and finisher of our faith! The ancient prophets Isaiah and
Jeremiah both lamented that their people had lack of vision! Notice, “ see ye indeed, but
perceive not ” (Isa 6:9); and “O foolish people, and without understanding; which have
eyes, and see not ” (Jer 5:21).
Beyond the eye there are other systems permit humans to see. For example the optic nerve
is a necessary part of vision. What is the purpose of the optic nerve? It forms the only path
in which information can be relayed as it navigates from the eye to the brain. Without the
optic nerve every other element of vision becomes irrelevant. The optic nerve does not
create vision on its own; it is simply the conduit of visual information. You can locate your
optic nerve (blind spot) of each eye by performing the following experiment:
Your brain just integrated information concerning the optic nerve (blind spot). By
integration, I mean that it filled in the point of the optic nerve or “blind spot” with
surrounding information (the appearance of white) . In essence, your brain lied to you; it
caused you to believe that its blind spot actually saw white! With that information, let’s
realize that our human brain integrates understanding and perception into what we call
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knowledge. The brain is our physical center of information and intellect. It compiles the
information from visual and other sensors and processes the information into
understanding. Our brain is a powerful tool useful for understanding; nevertheless, because
our brain can lie to us we must consider the following Biblical warning regarding human
understanding: “ lean not unto thine own understanding (Prov 3:5); “seeing they may see,
and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand (Mark 4:12); “the peace
of God, which passeth all understanding , shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ
Jesus” (Phil 4:7). From these verses we naturally realize that understanding is very
important human quality; however, we need to be careful to focus (through the lens of
Jesus and his word) upon spiritual understanding rather than mere human understanding.
We already know that our physical center of understanding can give us false information.
We are going to learn from our natural eyes that it is important to discern all things with a
spiritual heart. Notice the first incomplete object that God identified in His perfect
creation, “the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone (the man was at
this point in time still incomplete) ” (Gen 2:18). Adam was perfectly made in every way;
nevertheless, God did not form him in such a fashion that he was perfectly able to properly
function all by himself! Therefore God said, “I will make him an help meet for him” (Gen
2:18). Through this important example we must realize that God did not intend for any
person to function all alone! God told him while he was still alone, “the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it” (Gen 2:17). This became a private
vision for Adam. Nevertheless, notice Eve’s words to the serpent, “the woman said unto
the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree
which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it ” (Gen 3:2-3). Here
Adam’s private vision had also become a corporate vision for both!
The lesson for us is that our God-given vision likewise turns out to be both personal and
corporate. Every God-given private vision is also attached to His corporate vision that we
all share. We need to realize that we are all part of the Creator’s ultimate vision. Jesus was
the creator, “For by him were all things created (Col 1:16). Notice His own commission,
“And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for
therefore am I sent (Luke 4:43). Jesus incorporated (made a corporate vision) His
Church within His own commission, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations , baptizing
them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them
to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway,
even unto the end of the world” (Matt 28:19-20). The Church’s great com mission is a part
of His mission given to us so that we can ( co )operate (work together) . Jesus claimed that
His job was to preach the kingdom of God!
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Let’s recognize how our God-given vision turns out to be both personal and corporate. We
will read how Esther recognized through Mordicai’s words that her personal vision was
associated with the nation’s corporate vision. Mordicai said, “if thou altogether holdest thy
peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from
another place ; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth
whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? ” (Est 4:14). If Esther had
chosen not to lend her support, God would have found another way of escape for His
people; nevertheless, she
accepted her private vision and
became the perfect vessel for
her people!
People sharing a corporate
vision add quality to the
vision. It is like common eyes
viewing an object. Notice
how shared vision brings
about the appearance of depth.
Like Esther, Joseph
experienced both personal and
corporate vision through his involvement with his brothers. They had sold him into slavery
because he openly expressed his own private vision and they did not appreciate their
personal state of affairs as described by his vision. Consequently, he departed in bonds for
Egypt; however, his personal vision (purpose) turned out to be directly tied to the salvation
(corporate vision) of all of his brethren, “ ye thought evil against me ; but God meant it
unto good , to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive ” (Gen 50:20).
Joseph’s personal vision became directly tied to his brother’s corporate vision.
When Moses first became acquainted with his personal vision, he jumped the gun and
killed some Egyptian taskmasters. As a result, he fled from Egypt and went to the backside
of the dessert where he became completely familiar with his own personal vision.
Nevertheless, Moses’ private vision did not remain private! Many others including: Aaron,
Eliezer, Miriam, Joshua, and indeed the whole nation of Israel became part of the corporate
vision, “I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the
cloud, and all passed through the sea ; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud
and in the sea” (1 Cor 10:1-2). Everybody in the nation joined with Moses as his personal
vision become part of their corporate vision! We all have a personal and corporate vision.
So what is your personal vision? Biblical vision in your life is a spiritual manifestation of
your purpose; it is the creator’s specific assignment for your life. When you begin to
discover your personal vision you can expect to be overwhelmed by that vision! The
magnitude of the vision is actually a confirmation that the vision originates with God.
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Vision becomes our source of courage, when we can see our future it will give us courage
to act out whatever is required during our present circumstances.
Many Christians have discovered their personal vision. Like Joseph, a visionary leader
tends to aggravate everyone around him because his vision is generally all that he talks
about. The visionary understands that some people read history while others make it.
Often people tell the visionary, “Okay, alright already; its time to come back to reality!” In
actual fact, what we will learn is that the visionary’s future has essentially become more of
a reality to him than his present. We will also discover that vision renders present
conditions into merely a temporary circumstance, “Looking unto Jesus the author and
finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, (as merely
a temporary condition) despising the shame” (Heb 12:2).
Vision creates the leader then the leader creates the vision;
Leadership without vision is simply management;
To a visionary leader, their God-given vision has become their reality!
Where does vision come from? Vision should always precede sight. Vision actually
existed before sight, “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none
else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning , and
from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I
will do all my pleasure: 11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth
my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have
purposed it, I will also do it ” (Isa 46:9-11). God is essentially saying, “I don’t begin with
the beginning, I speak of the end of things first! Declaring the end from the beginning.
He goes on to say, “Whenever I begin something, that beginning instant is proof that the
end is already finished!” That is why Jesus tells us, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning
and the end, the first and the last” (Rev 22:13). This means that God essentially declares to
the beginning everything that the end needs to know!
What does this mean for you and for me? Since I have had a beginning, there must be
some imperceptible thing ahead which is already finished for me! My personal purpose is
an unseen vision, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the
heaven” (Eccl 3:1)! My purpose is my personal vision, “The LORD will fulfill [his
purpose] for me” (Ps 138:8 NIV) . God’s purpose for me becomes my ultimate
destination ; that is why it is called my destiny .
Before I ever knew anything about it, it was simply
known as pre destination, “For whom he did
foreknow, (know ahead of time) he also did
predestinate (Rom 8:29)! We can learn to
perceive what we are predestined to complete; even
our physical eyes teach us that perception of the
natural unseen is possible ( notice the night vision
equipment at right ).
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Once I perceive my personal vision it becomes my purpose. When I see it in my mind’s
eye it becomes my vision. Jesus understood his ultimate purpose in life, “Thou sayest that
I am a king. To this end was I born , and for this cause came I into the world” (John
18:37). Mary was told that His name was going to be Jesus ( Yeshoah )! He fulfilled the
purpose for His name, “thou shalt call his name JESUS ( Salvation )” (Matt 1:21). He
fulfilled the prophesies, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son,
and they shall call his name Emmanuel , which being interpreted is, God with us ” (Matt
1:23). Jesus’ purpose was to become a king in the Kingdom of God; it was to become
Salvation for all of humanity; His purpose was to be “God with us!” He has completely
fulfilled his purpose!
How powerful is vision? Like the famous inventors, only by seeing what is not there can
you birth something new into existence, “we look not at the things which are seen , but at
the things which are not seen (2 Cor 4:18). Paul writes about Abraham, “(As it is written,
I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who
quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were (Rom
4:17).
My personal assignment existed long before I did; the very fact that a God-given
assignment for my life exists is the reason that my mind can perceive it in the first place!
God would not give me a vision of something that does not even exist. Everything in
between me where I am at present and the completion of my vision is merely temporary!
God finished everything before he started; this includes the vision that He has given to me!
He would not allow me to see something that was not there, “the word of the LORD came
unto me, saying, 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee ; and before thou camest
forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” (Jer
1:4-5). Like Jeremiah, you and I were born so that we would have the ability to complete
our assignment!
God gave us vision so we don’t have to live by what we see;
vision is the capacity to believe what our eyes cannot see and prepare and plan to
get there;
once we understand and wholly pursue our vision our provision will likewise
become manifest ( where God guides he provides ).
Let us take a close look at a story out of the bible which emphasizes these exact concepts,
“Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha,
saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the
LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. 2 And
Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she
said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil . 3 Then he said,
Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a
few . 4 And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons,
and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. 5 So she
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went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to
her; and she poured out. 6 And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said
unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And
the oil stayed . 7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and
pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest” (2 Kings 4:1-7). From that lesson
we learn that God takes the very little that we possess “ hath not any thing in the house,
save a pot of oil and multiplies it according to our vision. Only the total number of
vessels that she gathered together limited the amount of miraculous oil ( anointing ) that the
woman was able to receive!
Big thinkers achieve great things; therefore, we need to stay closely attached with visionary
people. People who are doing nothing want you to hang around and do it with them. My
grandmother, Elvira taught my mother who intern taught me the Spanish phrase, “Dime
con quien andas; y te digo quien eres.” Meaning, “Show me your friends and I will show
you your future!” Our associates eventually determine our destiny! It is said that the
poorest man in the world is the man without a dream or a vision.
Big thinking precedes great achievement. Nothing worthwhile has ever been done without
a vision, “For we walk by faith , not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7). Our vision will teach us that we
need to stop making a living and start making a difference!
Solomon wrote, “The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both
their eyes (Prov 29:13). Perhaps the New International Version once again renders a
passage a little more clearly; notice, “The poor man and the oppressor have this in
common: The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both (Prov 29:13). What could this
possibly mean? They both have vision don’t they? Your vision determines your destiny!
Eyes are limited to sight; but vision has no boundaries! Let me share with you the story of
two young college men . . .
These two young college men went to India and they were appalled at the poverty
and squalor! Everywhere they saw people walking around barefoot. The mud and
the mess was absolutely unbelievable. One of the young men said can you believe all
of these people walking around barefoot; the other young man
said can you imagine the possibility for a shoe business! That
young man eventually designed and manufactured a pair of
cheap shoes that the masses in India bought by the millions!
We know that young man’s name as Thom McAnn, the shoe
manufacturer!
Every problem is a business waiting for a solution! Every good
business is simply someone’s solution to a problem!
Your purpose and my purpose are essentially solutions to some
problem! We were born right on time to solve that specific
problem!
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Vision has an impact; it clarifies purpose. With vision we can see how we are to proceed.
Vision gives us a life of precision instead of just hit & misses approach as we seek
solutions.
Like Adam, Joseph, Moses, and Esther, whatever vision God has given us to accomplish
will never be possible as long as we act all alone! No man is an island is truly appropriate
where God’s visions are concerned. We will never have enough money to accomplish
what God has given us to do! We will never have enough time or resources to complete
that vision! Therefore, my personal vision is part of someone else’s corporate vision and
someone else’s personal vision is part of my corporate vision!
When we discover our vision it will very likely frighten us. Nevertheless, courage comes
to life in the face of apprehension. After Joshua timidly discovered his vision, God, “gave
Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be strong and of a good courage : for thou shalt
bring the children of Israel into the land which I sware unto them” (Deut 31:23).
Wise people make choices that protect their vision! Your vision creates natural
consequences; it will affect your time and circumstances. The clearer the vision the more
restricted your life will become. Vision is the source of our discipline; with vision we
become self imposed and we do not need much external motivation. Our vision will
motivate us! Once vision has come, the only thing that we find ourselves thinking about is
our assignment. Vision will consume our heart because vision is a function of our heart,
“A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things” (Matt
12:35).
Every vision in life has clear restrictions. Notice in Matthew what we discover, “Enter ye
in at the strait gate : for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction,
and many there be which go in thereat; Because strait is the gate , and narrow is the way ,
which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matt 7:13-14). Vision should cause
us to live narrowly.
Successful and visionary people live narrow lives. Their whole lives are focused on what
they do! Notice how Paul puts it, “Not as though I had already attained, either were
already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am
apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this
one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those
things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark (not marks) for the prize (not prizes) of
the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus
minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you”
(Phil 3:12-15).
Vision disciplines your life and controls everything important. Once we discover our
vision that vision points us toward the future. Vision tells us who our associates will be.
Our vision should also dictate our friends. Our friends and especially our advisors should
be smarter than we are.
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Vision chooses our library and training materials. Our books and magazines and tapes
should be indicative of our vision. Everything in our personal library should be something
that moves us toward our future.
Vision should also choose our time. It is so easy to just sit down and mindlessly waste our
time flipping through the television channels. Even if we do find something that is
interesting to watch, how can we be sure that is the best use of our resource of time? How
does that use of time get us to our future? Don’t get me wrong; some “frivolous” things
can be relative to your vision; for example, two hours wisely spent in an inspirational
movie may well advance our vision! Librada and I went to see the movie “Seabiscuit.” S
Some may think that movie would be a frivolous waste of my time; however the movie’s
major underlying theme was a message of, “second chances;” since I have been given a
second chance by the God of second chances, that movie was of great inspiration to me!
You become what you spend your time doing! You become what you spend your time
doing! You become what you spend your time doing! You become what you spend your
time doing!
Your vision should determine how you use your energy. Beware of energy stealers, “All
things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient : all things are lawful for me, but
all things edify not ” (1 Cor 10:23). Jesus often stopped doing things abruptly and He
always chose where He would spend His energy! The Lord also chose when to rest.
Our energy should be consumed by our vision. Sitting down and listening to a half hour of
gossip will never get you to your ultimate vision. Watching two hours of swearing and
violence in a mindless action movie will rarely advance you into your vision.
So, what is vision? A vision could be defines as: (1) Vision is an internalized image of a
preferable future imparted by God through inspiration in the spirit and heart of a human;
(2) Vision is the visual reality in your minds eye of your purpose for existence; (3) Vision
is foresight with insight based upon hindsight.
So how do we ultimately measure our success in this life? Success is only measured
according to what we have done based upon what we should have done to the degree that
we comprehend our vision from God. Given what we have learned, I echo with Helen
Keller,
The greatest gift that God ever to gave
to humanity was not sight but vision!”
Written by M. Larry Perrino 10 2/15/2008
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