VISION IS FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL
And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. And God sent me before you to preserve posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
Genesis 45:4-7 NKJV
God does not give us visions for ourselves. He gives us visions for the benefit of others or we can say for the profit of all. The vision that God gave Joseph it seemed it will elevate him alone; but at the end of the day it ended up blessing the all nation of Egypt, and preserve a posterity of the present day State of Israel in the earth. By saving their lives from famine that was going to last for seven years.
When his brothers sold him into slavery, they sought that he was finished. They thought that God has done with him, and he may even end up being nothing in life. They didn't know they just pushed Joseph into his destiny. He started stepping in his destiny the moment they sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. God was preparing Him to an adviser to Pharaoh-the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt.
Maybe you were so disturbed with the way system of education is in your country. When you prayed, God gave you a vision to start a school that will help others to experience the quality of education that you always wanted. But not all of us can accept such kind of vision from God; because no one wants to spend his/her money, resources and time to develop something that will end up being used by others. So you will end up sending your children abroad and ignore the voice of God.
This morning, I want you to know that the vision that God gave you is for the benefit of others. Paul the Apostle says, “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another, 1 Peter 4:10.” Paul used the vision that God gave him and the gifts that came with it to serve all of us. That's why we are still reading His letters and walk in His teachings. He is the good example on how the follower of Christ should be, if he would keep all what God showed him for himself, we wouldn't having thirteen books of Paul in the New Testament that form the half of the New Testament.
Many people died with their visions, God intended these people to do great things in this world. He intended them to invent, bring development and change the world for the better. Most of them refused and focused on the agendas that they thought were important to them. When you go to the graveyard, Myles Munroe said, “It is the richest place in the world”.
Many people died with songs that they didn't write, some died with the books that they were never published. Some died with fashions that were never introduced. I believe there were some designs of cars and tech things that didn't get to be manufactured; because some people doubt themselves and they ended up going with them in the grave. Refuse to go into the grave with the things that God wanted you to share with the world. Refuse to die before your fulfill your vision that God gave you. We shall continue with our Vision series tomorrow. God bless you!
Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....
Dear Father, help to obey the call of your vision. Help me to use what you have given in me for the benefit of all in my circle of influence. In Jesus' Name, Amen.