My vision for 2019
What’s your vision for your ministry Kieron? Where do you want to see things go? What goals have you set? I’m asked these questions on a fairly regular basis and I always have the same answer. My most memorable discussion was with a particularly goal driven friend from another land we shall say, who was keen to get the inside track from an Irish man in an Irish ministry. With much aplomb he asked me a string of questions which came down to this matter of vision, what was my vision?
I gave my short answer and was met with a moments silence or two, followed by a slightly perplexed look and eventually finding expression in a rather deflated response of “Really? That’s it?! Wow”. I understood the ‘wow’ to be of the underwhelmed variety.
My answer you see is always the same, the same three words, “To be faithful”. That’s it folks. That’s my vision. Perhaps you’re feeling equally underwhelmed!
That’s been my vision for some years now and it’s my vision for 2019. My burning desire is to be faithful to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The rest will look after itself.
The author to the Hebrews tells us the wonder and beauty of the Son in the opening words of his letter, Jesus the heir, creator, radiance of God’s glory, upholder of the universe and the purifier of my sin who now sits at the right hand of God. His work is finished. His glory secure. My sin purified. Now it’s over to me and to you to be faithful to him and not shift, “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it” Hebrews 2:1.
If I drift from Jesus all will be lost. My ministry will be void. Whatever good intention I had for those I serve and influence will be swallowed up in a Jesus-less ruin.
I’ll stick with my vision thanks. I’ll continue to seek to be faithful to Jesus by his grace, faithful as a husband to my wife, faithful as a Father to my children and faithful as a Pastor to those in Immanuel.
Barnabus was my kind of visionary. When he arrived in the church in Antioch he expressed that vision in simple depth. ‘When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith’ Acts 11:24.
So there you have it, my vision for 2019 for myself and for us as a mission agency. I long for my legacy and ours together to be one of faithfulness, of being good people full of the Holy Spirit and faith. But, but what about the big picture I hear you say?
How do you plan on getting there? Well I did rather cheekily leave something out...the rest of Acts 11:24 which reads ‘And a great many people were added to the Lord’.
May it be so in our day!