Launching Out Your Eternal Vision
In 1957, the Russians launched Sputnik, America was shocked and the space race was on. In 1961, America was jolted again when the Russians sent the first man into space. In response, President Kennedy set the goal to send a man to the moon and return him safely to earth by the end of the decade. It was a clear and concise goal. Our aim was to get there before the Russians. It was the height of Cold War (full of rumors and fears) and it was a vision the entire nation could share in. The rest of the story is history. On a July night in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (Light-Year), climbed down from the lunar module and stepped on the moon! “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” A nation cheered and the world watched in amazement. America fullfilled the vision to go to the moon and returned safely before the end of the decade. A vision represents a purpose for being. A vision says what you want to achieve. It is glue that holds things together. Since the 1960’s the NASA program has stalled. Visions fall short because we lack commitment. However, today there is a new Vision to send people back to the Moon by 2018, then to Mars. Their eye is on the goal. Just like there was a vision to go to space, so must Christians have a vision of how we are to live our lives. If your vision is in YOURSELF, you think only about the NOW, but if your vision is in GOD, you think only about ETERNITY. In Philippians 3:12-14, Paul talks about a vision for life that is out of this world. The Vision: Keeping Eye on Goal Seek what is out of this world – “straining forward to what lies ahead” Keep first things first – “Press on toward the goal” (x2) Look toward the Judgment Seat – Start there and work backwards; “For the prize of he upward call of God in Christ Jesus” How do I keep my eye on the goal? 1. Set time aside to talk to God. 2. Write a personal mission statement. (My personal mission has been Phil.2:5 “your attitude should be that of Jesus Christ”) 3. Make a list of what you want to accomplish before you die. 4. Assess the eternal value of my personal mission statement and list to accomplish. 5. Put the Big rocks first. 6. Launch out with your eye on the goal.