The Five Components of Vision
You can only start envisioning something if only the desire for that thing is there. Without desire, there can be no vision. Your assignment starts to form as an embryo in the womb of vision the very moment the flame of desire is kindled. Desire gives energy and impetus to vision, and vision then propels you to the due date of your assignment. Desire develops into passion, which releases the zeal and enthusiasm required to execute your assignment. Without desire, there will be no passion for your assignment, and without passion, your vision simply becomes a wishful thought.
Desire is always neutral. It will attract either evil or good depending on where your focus in life is. If your focus is God, you will attract good, but if your focus is the world, you will attract evil. If you are a carrier of God’s assignment, your desires must look like the following:
• You must desire to be a blessing. This shapes your vision and guides it to conform to God’s assignment for your life.
• You must desire to be the best God made you to be. By this, you will be able to maximize your God-given potential.
• You must desire to make it to heaven. This will guide you onto the straight and narrow path and help you avoid the distractions to your assignment.
• You must desire to empty heaven of your blessings. Your source of supply is God, and he will open the heavens for you if you ask him and rely on him.
Your vision must have capacity to accommodate much. It must be bigger than an individual or a family unit. The capacity of your vision will determine the limit you place on your assignment. If your vision has a small capacity, you can only achieve so little, but if you have a vision with a large capacity, your possibilities will be enormous. The capacity you place on your vision determines how far you are willing to release your faith. The less capacity your vision has, the less faith you will require to accomplish that vision. For example, acquiring a house for you and your family can only qualify under a vision with very little or no capacity at all because it is self-centered and parochial. Even more, acquiring a house for you and your family is not what you have been created for. It can only pass as a by-product of your assignment since it is an aspiration with very little or no capacity. But if, for example, your desire is to establish a church or an orphanage or any project that is far bigger than you and your family, then your vision has the capacity to accommodate or cater for the interests and wellbeing of others. What is the capacity of your vision? Does it have room for just you and your family or can it be likened to an ocean liner that has room for hundreds or thousands of people?
Vision must not be ambiguous. Ambiguity leads to uncertainty, and uncertainty produces confusion. Your vision must not be difficult to understand and execute. The Lord told Habakkuk to write out the vision and make it plain upon tablets so that whoever reads it might be able to run with it (Habakkuk 2:3). Your vision will be meaningless if it cannot be interpreted or deciphered. The Holy Spirit, if permitted, will bring illumination, understanding, precision, and elucidation to your vision. Your vision must be concise and clear. Fulfilling the assignment envisioned will always remain the most difficult part, and you must not complicate your assignment by nurturing it within the womb of a complex vision.
Vision requires wisdom. Wisdom is the understanding, the knowledge, the insight, the intelligence, the good judgment, and all that you require to guide your vision to fruition. It is that component that helps you do what you envision to do the right way and at the right time. Every vision has a set time. It takes wisdom to understand right timing. Wisdom knows opportunity when one comes along; it knows when to say no and when to say yes; it understands when to speak and when not to; it knows when to fight and when to take cover. It acts as a compass because it will guide you to the intended destination on time and without unnecessary complication. The path of wisdom is the safest and the most cost-effective way to your intended destination. It can be yours as you heed good counsel from people, from the Spirit of God, and from your past experiences. Most importantly, as you play by the instruction in God’s word, you are allowing wisdom to impact your vision. Wise is anyone who will not do anything that contravenes the word of God.
Vision requires partnership. The most potent partner you can have for your vision is God because he formulated your assignment and knows exactly what it takes to accomplish it. He is represented by the Holy Spirit. He makes all the difference to your vision and your assignment. The Holy Spirit will guide and link you to the right people who will assist you with your vision. You can never accomplish your vision alone. You cannot do it all by yourself. You will need both divine and human partnership.
Copyright 2010 Kingsley Y. Amoah