We all know the verse Proverbs 29:18 that says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Most of the time we think of vision as direction that comes from a leader. It comes from the top down. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about corporate vision, particularly in the context of InFaith. How is it that we should define ourselves? Which way is of God so that we can lean in that direction?
Another translation reads like this, “Where there is no prophetic vision, the people cast off restraint.” I think we need to recognize that vision defines us. It gives us parameters. When we are accomplishing a God-given vision, there’s something that happens deep inside of us that’s synergistic. There’s an amazing blending of reality with the supernatural.
The second thing that vision does is limit us. The verse says, “people cast off restraint.” In other words, vision gives us a common path—with guard rails. Without vision we really are wandering. We don’t know where to go. We become “without restraint” and the ability to say “no” dissipates. By limiting us, vision ends up directing us. It gives us something to focus on for the future. It allows us to dream and begin to make choices that make that future a reality.
Finally, and I think most importantly, vision becomes us. I’ve been watching the political scene these days as people think about running for president and their issues become who they are. It defines them. At InFaith vision to take back this nation for Christ and to create an atmosphere of ministry and wholesomeness is who we are. It’s our culture. It’s us. You can see that “the people perish because there is no vision” is true; because vision defines, directs, and finally becomes who we are.