I have a confession. I talk to myself— a lot. I wasn’t aware I did that until recently when my daughter was driving with me in the car. She stopped me and asked, “Dad who are you talking to?”
Her words brought me back to the present. I told her I was talking to someone that I would see that night at the meeting we were driving to. I told her that I was having a vision. I was talking to a woman and telling her she would write a screenplay for a movie, and God would use it to heal a nation in Asia. My daughter looked intently at me and replied, “Whatever.” In her language that means, “That is so awesome, and you are so amazing that I don’t have words to describe it,” or something like that.
The woman I saw in my vision was at the meeting. I repeated to her what I had said in the car. It turned out she had just started writing a screenplay that week. She was greatly encouraged by the words I spoke. I was greatly encouraged that God talks to me even when I talk to myself and that I can drive and have visions at the same time!
A spiritual vision is a mental image of what God intends the future to be. One of my favorite scriptures is Proverbs 29: 18 (NKJV)— “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint.” Some translations substitute the word vision for revelation. I like the word revelation better in that context. Vision is when you think big; revelation is when you think beyond what has ever been thought before. I like this dictionary definition of revelation: “a dramatic disclosure of something not previously known or realized.”
In the beginning, God created the earth. The word create is the Hebrew word bara, which means to create substance ex nihilo, out of nothing. That requires more than just the ability to see. It requires the ability to see what has never been seen before. That’s the kind of seeing God does.
Paul prayed for the Ephesians that God “may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better . . . in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you” (Eph. 1: 17-18, NIV). When we come to God for relationship, He rewards us with revelation. This revelation is a vision that we have never seen before of Him, ourselves, our future, and our calling.
However, before you can have vision for change you must have passion for change. It is true that without vision people cast off restraint, but it is also true that without passion people will never receive a vision. Passion can come from three sources: pain, promise, and people.