Vision plays such a valuable role in our walk with Christ, and sometimes we all need to remind ourselves of the great things God has done in us and through us and how we can share that love and mercy with others. Our mission here at Xperience is to connect people to live a God-first life, because there is freedom and godly order that comes with putting God first. When we live a God-first life, we win in the other areas of our life. We win in our marriages and our family relationships, in our friendships and in our workplace, and in all the other facets of our daily lives. We need to keep our focus on the vision that God has given us, as individuals and as the church.
It can be easy to forget that God has saved us from the messes we were in once we have been freed, but it is important that we remember where we have come from so that we can share that mercy with others. Deuteronomy 8:14-18 (MSG) declares: “Make sure you don’t become so full of yourself and your things that you forget God, your God, the God who delivered you from Egyptian slavery; the God who led you through that huge and fearsome wilderness, those desolate, arid badlands crawling with fiery snakes and scorpions; the God who gave you water gushing from hard rock; the God who gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never heard of, in order to give you a taste of the hard life, to test you so that you would be prepared to live well in the days ahead of you. If you start thinking to yourselves, ‘I did all this. And all by myself. I’m rich. It’s all mine!’ —well, think again. Remember that God, your God, gave you the strength…” It is God who has rescued us from the messes we were in – it was not our own strength that brought us here; it is God’s love and mercy. Keeping His vision for us at the forefront of our minds is so important for us as the body of Christ.
We have a vision for a church where:
- Everyone is welcome. Mark 16:15 (NCV) says: “Jesus said to his followers, Go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone.” Everywhere, everyone. We believe that people don’t have to get their act together before they can come in. Think about the people who have impacted you the most: they weren’t the people you believed in – they were the people who believed in you. When individuals feel like they are believed in, they are moved to work to reach their potential. We don’t want to forget where we came from because we need to remember that God saved us and He can save that guy who just walked in the door.
- Everyone is needed. Everyone brings something valuable to the team. Your time, talent, and treasure is needed. 2 Timothy 2:1-2 (MSG) says: “So, my son, throw yourself into this work for Christ. Pass on what you heard from me – the whole congregation saying Amen!” As we receive God’s blessings, we bless others. It’s a constant flow of God’s grace and love for us to everyone around us. Your gifts are unique and you bring unique strengths to the team – everyone is needed, whether they realize it or not.
- Everyone is changed. Romans 10:13 (NIV) states: “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” Again, everyone. Not probably, or in all probability; everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved. God wants us to live out the victory He has for us, and He wants us to taste His freedom. He transforms our hearts, minds, and lives – and it’s miraculous. We are all changed once we allow Him to get a hold of us.
Coming together as a church is so important for us as a body – and it helps us pursue the vision God has for us. Hebrews 10:25 (TPT) says: “This is not the time to pull away and neglect meeting together, as some have formed the habit of doing, because we need each other! In fact, we should come together even more frequently, eager to encourage and urge each other onward as we anticipate that day dawning.” We all need the encouragement and empowerment that growing with each other brings, and coming together is infinitely precious. Let’s remember that and act on it.