“Oh, that You would bless me and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and You would keep me from evil so it might not hurt me! And God granted his request.”
Thank you for stopping by today to share in the #LAST70FAYSOF2013 series. I feel that I need to share this with you as a key point for 2014. You may have lived at the same level of life and vision for the past years but I believe strongly that 2014 is a year to take a step further in your pursuit of vision. It is time to enlarge your vision. Do not settle for less than God has intended for your life. Do not be cowed or intimidated by the challenges. Some will say that it is not right to desire to have more than you are already having, as if the source will ever run dry. Why people believe so is because they are satisfied with their level of life and some of them can not actually see beyond their nose. They have a myopic view of what God can do and wants to do with mankind. Some of them believe that if you have more than enough, you will stray away from your purpose. While there are people who have strayed away with just a little increase in their vision, it is simply an indication of the condition of their hearts, and not the way it goes all the time. Besides, there are several others God had enlarged in their vision and purpose and their enlargement has become a blessing to everyone connected to them and even those not connected to them.
None of the people God had used greatly ever desired a common life or anything less than an enlarged vision. I am a proponent of the “more than enough God” and I have seen God enlarge my vision all the times I have prayed for it. So, from my experience and that of Jabez, I believe that it is God’s idea to enlarge your vision, it is also His intention that your vision be enlarged. If not so, Jabez’s prayer for enlargement wouldn’t have been granted. How large your see your vision is an indication of how large you think your God is. If you think you have a big God who is not afraid of how much you can desire and demand from your vision (for it is God who can enlarge one’s vision and not any man by himself), then it is time to enlarge your vision. If you truly desire to reach beyond your generation, then you must desire that your vision be enlarged. But if you cannot enlarge your vision, then do not look down on God or the men who are enlarging theirs.
Depending on who you are and what you are involved in, you can open more outlets or warehouses for your business, you can acquire more vehicles for your transport business, you can add more offices to your corporation, you can have more publications added to your research articles, you can win more grants and award, you can build more houses, you can win more souls for Christ, you can go up in your grade point average, you can give more money to support the needy, you can bless more lives around you, you can establish more units in your organisation, you can add more joy to this world. All you need to do is to begin to desire to enlarge your vision.
God wants us to go beyond our barriers. We should come out of our status quo lives and a life of mediocrity and get where God wants us to get to and do want God wants us to do. This is not a time to be limited by any of life’s situation. This is a time to go upstream and enlarge our territory for God’s glory. God can do much more than you can imagine or thing. What do you see for yourself in 2014? Now is the time to see and begin to survey areas for enlargement.
Five things to do if you want to enlarge your vision:
1. Pray to God about it like Jabez did. Do not give up in calling out to Him for His support to your vision
2. Broaden your borders. Make friends with potential vision helpers. Connect with like-minded people
3. Change your thinking. Believe God wants to see your vision enlarge and committed to helping you achieve it
4. Never give up on your vision, whether it is working or not. When it is not working, only find out why and sort it out.
5. Do your best to prove to God you really want enlargement. You cannot be lazy and expect things to change or hope to see God get involved. You have a role to play.
6. Do not be afraid to take any step that is required of you by your vision
7. Be prepared in all ramification for enlargement. Success comes to you according to your capacity to handle it. God will never give you a new increase until He is sure you can manage it well.
I will end today’s piece with a quote from Joel Osteen which says “Enlarge your vision for the amazing things God has planned for your future. God’s favor is at work in your life right now to raise you higher than ever before.” God will do it for you in 2014 if you believe and work towards it.
Prayer: Your vision will go beyond borders and cut down barriers in 2014. You will expand in all areas of your life and achieve indescribable success in Jesus name, Amen!