Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Vision Devotional

A friend of mine sent this today and I thought I'd share:

vision devotional

Complete the Work

TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman
11-24-2008

"Tell Archippus: 'See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord.'" (Col 4:17).


Have you ever driven by a construction project that was half finished but was now abandoned? It is a lasting testimony of something that had a vision, often with significant money invested, but something happened that killed the project.

Why do projects fail to be completed? There could be a number of reasons. There could have been a failure to raise adequate funds to complete it. There could have been a fall-out among management. The project could have been simply ill-conceived.

Good planning is key to estimating what it will take to complete a project. "Then the LORD replied: 'Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time ?'" ( Hab 2:2-3).

We must conceive the project and clearly write out the vision with detailed specifications that identify what will be needed to complete it. Entrepreneurs have a tendency to conceive projects without estimating the financial and manpower requirements to complete the projects. Many a project has died because of this trait in entrepreneurs.

Great entrepreneurs understand their need to have detail-people around them that can take their ideas and put the details around them. These are wise entrepreneurs who have learned to complement their weakness with those who can help them achieve their vision.

Do you have a vision for a work God has called you to do? Identify what will be needed to achieve success.

Until Everyone Hears,

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You know, I'm wondering...

Most visionaries need some sort of completer-finisher around them to ensure the half-finished projects get done. Did God have someone like that to rely on, or was he visionary AND able to get things done because he's God?

I'm definitely not God-like, lacking vision and the abilty to cover all bases, but who in the Bible would be my 'completer-finisher' equivalent? Noah? Moses?

Anonymous said...

I think we are. I think that's our job or our purpose in the world. In Genesis, God gave us dominion to take care of the world. Jesus gave us a mission to make disciples (I read this as spreading God's love others may read this as number of butts in pews). And depending on how you read Revelation, Jesus will come back in the end to do final clean up.

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