How To Get A Vision

I’m sure you’ve had at least one moment in your life where you’ve played with Lego. And whether you were creating something from scratch or following a set of instructions, every Lego creation gets built the same way—Brick by Brick.

But it’s not just that way with Lego builds. This is also true of our lives. God builds our lives brick by brick, day by day and moment by moment. If you are anything like me, this can be equally frustrating and fulfilling. On one hand, I always wish God would build faster. We live in a world of speed and pace, always wanting things done quicker. We also long to have impact and make a difference in the world. These feelings are valid and placed in us by God Himself. But, they can also create a lot of discontentment if we mismanage them. The gentle reminder that God is developing us each day is what we need so we don’t live in constant frustration.

So how do we partner with God to live an effective and meaningful life? We must Get A Vision.

One of the leaders (Nehemiah) in the Bible gives a great example of how to get a vision from God. During his time as cupbearer to the king, he is prompted to go to Jerusalem and help the people rebuild the walls which had been destroyed by the Babylonians. This was a crucial project because it was more than just some walls. It was the source of protection and sustainability of the city. The people were demoralized and needed a reason to hope again. And God ultimately uses Nehemiah to provide that for His people.
While there are many leadership lessons we could glean from his life, here are three things you can do to clarify the vision God has for your life as you begin a new year.

INQUIRE
Ask questions. Find out what’s important to God. Inquire about where the needs are in this world. You do this through prayer to God and through conversations with others. Get insights so that God can speak and position you for impact.

Nehemiah 1:2 NLT
“Hanani, one of my brothers, came to visit me with some other men who had just arrived from Judah. I asked them about the Jews who had returned there from captivity and about how things were going in Jerusalem.”

LISTEN
Make room in your life to hear what God is saying. We can’t just go to God when we need something or have a question. We must also go to God to hear what He is saying to us. You can be sure that God is speaking, the question is whether you are actively listening.

Nehemiah 1:4 NLT
“When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven.”

ACT
Be willing to step out in faith based on what God speaks to you. After you have inquired and listened, your job is to be obedient to what God prompts you to do. You don’t have to worry about the logistics or the outcomes. Just simply step out and do what He is leading you to do. For Nehemiah, that led him to Jerusalem and to a rebuilding project that seemed impossible. But it also led to many lives being impacted and to a city being revitalized. And just like everything else, it happened brick by brick.

I’m believing this year will be a year of clarity for you as you seek God for the vision He has for your life. I believe it is His will for you to be blessed and positioned for great impact. It starts by getting a vision from God and it will be fulfilled brick by brick and day by day.

If you want to learn more about this topic, check out the Brick By Brick series on the Freshwater App.

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