So, last week we talked about dreading the paperwork and providing Caesar with what belongs to him. Well, like all things with the Lord, here is some good news. Not all paperwork or writing is dreadful. At least not the part we are talking about today. Today, we can dream. Once you come to a place where your legal documents are completed, or at least there is a plan and schedule in place to complete them, you can get back to the fun stuff. It’s time to write that vision down, and here is why.
Then the LORD replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. Habakkuk 2:2 (NIV)
Many of us see this scripture about vision and assume right away that this means for us to write it out so anyone can catch the vision and run with it. Well, there is more to this scripture for the one who is writing. Here are a few reasons I believe we are instructed to write His vision out plainly.
#1 Write It
We believe and proclaim that God has given us an assignment, a call, a ministry, a desire, a vision, and so forth. Part of operating in either of those descriptions is plainly describing the instructions He has given for His vision. Yes, I said His vision. As we begin to work on the vision, one thing I would caution anyone one to remember is that it always did and always will belong to Him. Situations and circumstances will come, and our enemy will try to use these issues to make us feel solely responsible for bringing about God’s plan. Well, that was never God’s intention.
Writing the vision helps to remind us that He assigns those who He trusts to remember that the business or ministry is His, and we are chosen to be His representative in the natural to carry it out. That’s it. So, we always have to refer back to His instructions and guidance to successfully complete our assigned part in a vision that is bigger than you and I. That leads us into the next point.
#2 The Vision
One of the key elements of learning something is writing about it. Writing specifically about a thing stimulates us to research the topic and develop it further beyond the initial thought. This is a two-part explanation. First, the scripture is explaining to write it down for public edification. In the method prophets would do this meant it will remain permanently on record, and that when it comes to pass people may believe in the prophet's inspiration.
Second, writing it out encompasses the inward revelation as well as the open vision. Vision means #1 the faculty or state of being able to see; #2 the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom; #3 Imagine. This says to me that we are instructed to further develop what God shows us. See it through our Kingdom vision and not our natural eyes. See it all the way to its end result as it will eventually validate itself.
Going back to reason #1, when you see the vision, write it without you as the main character. Remember, His visions are not personally owned by us. So, we can unintentionally wrap ourselves into a position that could ultimately tie our hands, discourage us, or cause the vision to die while in our care. We are spiritual stewards before we are physical owners. Caesar needs a natural owner on paper, not God.
#3 Make It Plain
Write the vision out so plainly that even someone who is in a hurry can instantly identify what it is and its purpose. Write it so plainly that the next person assigned to the next phase of His vision can easily pick it up and continue to run with it. The Hebrew text explains that this means everyone who reads it may run, i.e. read fluently and easily. It’s similar to Daniel 12:4, “Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." In this passage, "to run to and fro," is described to mean "to peruse” (read, inspect, scrutinize, examine, etc.). This signifies that whosoever reads the announcement (vision in our case) might run and distribute or broadcast it to all within their reach. Talk about a divine marketing strategy! That leads us to the final reason.
#4 Run With It
How many sermons have we heard that teach us that God makes provision for His vision? Well, we can see here that He does! In one scripture He pretty much gave us an idea, business plan, marketing strategy, and help. All in one scripture! “Run with it? Who? I have all of these other things to do.” Look at Jeremiah 23:21 to help us better understand the usage of running. It is not a positive example, but we can clearly see what effect “running” can have.
Those who were charged with a Divine message were to use all methods equivalent to 'to prophesying' to dispatch and making it known. If we follow the instructions that have been given, then we would have written the vision in a manner where it can sustain itself. There is room for growth and expansion. Help is incorporated in the writing as it stirs and motivates others to help carry the vision further after reading it.
So, I encourage all of you as founders and owners who are looking for a way to come up with your awesome business plans in between family life to utilize the methods that God has provided. This will help to remove the unrealistic expectations of personal responsibility and replace it with enjoyment and patience that is needed to develop your part of His vision. You are not creating something alone. You are building another part of His plan for this world alongside the Creator of this world for His creation, the world. Now, have fun writing the vision!
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