Pastor and author Chuck Swindoll said:
"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations."
Author Dr. Max Dupree said:
"Most of us tend to see life the way it is, not the way it could be."
When the angel of the Lord promised 89 year old Sarah that she would give birth to a son, she laughed at the impossibility of a such an event. But was it so impossible?
The angel said: "Is anything too hard for the Lord?" (Genesis 18:14)
In the Gospel of Luke, the angel Gabriel promised a teenager, a virgin, named Mary that she would give birth to a Son; the Son of God, Jesus. Joseph would be his stepdad. How could this be? He told her that her relative, Elizabeth, a woman well past childbearing age, was already six months pregnant (with her son, John the baptizer).
These common, ordinary women, were part of something bigger than themselves or their expectations of themselves. Impossible stuff!
Gabriel said, "For with God, nothing will be impossible." (Luke 1:37)
There is a practical application for us in this lesson: A vision is picture of the future that inspires passion in the present. No vision means no passion. No passion means no purpose. And without vision the people perish.
Ponder these points:
1. A church will go no farther than its vision.
2. A God-sized vision is bigger than any one of the congregation, and the whole church itself.
3. For what God decides, He will provide.
Why do we expect so little of ourselves if Jesus really is Lord, God the Father is Sovereign, and the Holy Spirit indwells every born again believer?
The question to ask ourselves when we doubt is this: "Is my God too small?" If you know the True God, no He is not. Recognizing that the limits of what you are seeing are far exceeded by the Lord who sees everything. It's a matter of trust.
In Isaiah 49, God chastises the remnants of the former nation of Israel. Their enemies had conquered them and destroyed their temple and taken them captive. Isaiah's prophesy foretold of this and reminded them that they were thinking too small. They wanted to be restored to what they used to be, to rebuild the former nation, which consisted of the tribes of Jacob. God tells them that their mission is bigger than merely preserving their own existence:
"Indeed He says, 'It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give as a light to the Gentiles, that you should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.'" (Isaiah 49:6)
Our mission as the people of God is to do more than merely exist. We have a God-sized mission to bring the Light to a dark world.