Actions that Matter

Luke 19_10_Actions that Matter

Vision without action is only a dream.  Action without vision just passes time.  Vision with action can change the world. (Joel A. Barker)

If you’re like most people, you’ve fallen into one of two camps much of your life (just like I have).  You either have visions about doing things, but never get around to them; aka, you’re a “dreamer.”  Or, you maintain an extremely busy schedule filled with endless actions, yet seem to lack real purpose; aka, a somewhat “aimless do’er.”

Sadly, it is perhaps in the frantic “doing” of the relatively insignificant that we lose sight of the meaningful things we once desired.  As Barker contends, however, if we can harness our actions to genuinely meaningful purposes – watch out world!

For the follower of Christ, perhaps the best application of this concept is to harness our actions to the vision of Jesus.  Since He told us His mission in life – “to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10) – doesn’t it make sense for us to link our actions into that mission as well?

The wonderful thing is we can all do that in our own unique way.  You don’t have to quit your job and become a missionary.  You don’t have to sell your house and live among the homeless, etc.  What you may need to do, however, is begin looking for ways you can harness your current life to the vision of Christ.  Begin asking, “How can I use my job to help Jesus seek and save the lost?  How can I reach my unbelieving neighbors with the gospel?  How could Jesus use my worldly possessions in His quest to save the souls of men?”

The “externals” may not need to change much, but the mindset and heart focus may.  Give it some thought – how can you harness yourself to the mission of Christ, and thus avoid aimless activity? –Dave

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. (Luke 19:10)

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