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What’s your life vision? We need one to get through life with some sense of purpose. Living just to eat, just to survive, is not living. Animals do that. God made us in his image as noble creatures with great creative ability. Take a few minutes to write your vision down. This one comes from 24-7…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
What’s your life vision? We need one to get through life with some sense of purpose. Living just to eat, just to survive, is not living. Animals do that. God made us in his image as noble creatures with great creative ability. Take a few minutes to write your vision down. This one comes from 24-7 Prayer.

The Vision
So this guy comes up to me and says “what’s the vision? What’s the big
idea?” I open my mouth and words come out like this… The vision?

The vision is JESUS – obsessively, dangerously, undeniably Jesus.

The vision is an army of young people.

You see bones? I see an army. And they are FREE from materialism.

They laugh at 9-5 little prisons. They could eat caviar on Monday and
crusts on Tuesday. They wouldn’t even notice. They know the meaning of
the Matrix, the way the west was won. They are mobile like the wind,
they belong to the nations. They need no passport.. People write their
addresses in pencil and wonder at their strange existence. They are free
yet they are slaves of the hurting and dirty and dying. What is the
vision ? The vision is holiness that hurts the eyes. It makes children
laugh and adults angry. It gave up the game of minimum integrity long
ago to reach for the stars. It scorns the good and strains for the best.
It is dangerously pure.

Light flickers from every secret motive, every private conversation. It
loves people away from their suicide leaps, their Satan games. This is
an army that will lay down its life for the cause. A million times a day
its soldiers

choose to lose that they might one day win the great ‘Well done’ of
faithful sons and daughters.

Such heroes are as radical on Monday morning as Sunday night. They don’t
need fame from names. Instead they grin quietly upwards and hear the
crowds chanting again and again: “COME ON!”

And this is the sound of the underground The whisper of history in the
making Foundations shaking Revolutionaries dreaming once again Mystery
is scheming in whispers Conspiracy is breathing… This is the sound of
the underground

And the army is discipl(in)ed.

Young people who beat their bodies into submission.

Every soldier would take a bullet for his comrade at arms. The tattoo on
their back boasts “for me to live is Christ and to die is gain”.

Sacrifice fuels the fire of victory in their upward eyes. Winners.
Martyrs. Who can stop them ? Can hormones hold them back? Can failure
succeed? Can fear scare them or death kill them ?

And the generation prays

like a dying man with groans beyond talking, with warrior cries,
sulphuric tears and with great barrow loads of laughter! Waiting.
Watching: 24 – 7 – 365.

Whatever it takes they will give: Breaking the rules. Shaking mediocrity
from its cosy little hide. Laying down their rights and their precious
little wrongs, laughing at labels, fasting essentials. The advertisers
cannot mould them. Hollywood cannot hold them. Peer-pressure is
powerless to shake their resolve at late night parties before the
cockerel cries.

They are incredibly cool, dangerously attractive

inside.

On the outside? They hardly care. They wear clothes like costumes to
communicate and celebrate but never to hide. Would they surrender their
image or their popularity? They would lay down their very lives – swap
seats with the man on death row – guilty as hell. A throne for an
electric chair.

With blood and sweat and many tears, with sleepless nights and fruitless
days,

they pray as if it all depends on God and live as if it all depends on
them.

Their DNA chooses JESUS. (He breathes out, they breathe in.) Their
subconscious sings. They had a blood transfusion with Jesus. Their words
make demons scream in shopping centres. Don’t you hear them coming?
Herald the weirdo’s! Summon the losers and the freaks. Here come the
frightened and forgotten with fire in their eyes. They walk tall and
trees applaud, skyscrapers bow, mountains are dwarfed by these children
of another dimension. Their prayers summon the hounds of heaven and
invoke the ancient dream of Eden.

 

Comments (20)

  • Now why couldn’t I say it like that? I’m glad someone is gifted like that to write what’s on my heart.

  • That is a vision worth living and dying for. Get’s the heart pumping and the heart longing for more.

  • Yep… I’d say that’s just about right. Way to articulate the righteous rage against apathy and the enemy of mankind!

  • This is one of those that gets printed out, put in my journal, read and reread every day for the foreseeable future!

  • I’m into simple, so here it is.

    To see one that has been beaten down by the world and by sin, to stand up and realize that to the God who created them, they are worth everything. And to see that one take hold of another’s hand and help them see it too.

  • Thanks friend…The best way to achieve a vision for life is to insure the people who frequently placate are ushered aside and real commitment is validated.

    That is hard.

    But knowing I have known you and Karen more than 30 years I “know you know”.

    Real vision is lived not loved or talked about. People who “play” with deep commitment have the hard pillow of self condemnation at night.

    I am slowly embracing the “goodbye” to the fake tribes and loving my new ones.

  • Thanks for this, I’d forgotten how beautiful it is. It’s been years since I read it but it’s interesting to see how it’s become part of my subconscious. Living it on the other hand…

  • Ah, I remember how impassioned I felt when I read “Red Moon Rising”…I want to travel to Prague just so I can go through the town that was written about where sex trafficking was so rampant, just to love, look and hope…sigh.

    That vision is compelling. It makes me restless, dissatisfied, yearning, and so much more. Here I am Jesus, send me.

  • I know i’ve posted this a few times already .. but i need for someone to help me .. i don’t know what else to do.
    I’m a 16 year old girl from New Zealand.
    I went to a Christian youth camp around 4 months ago and I don’t know why, but just being there, especially the speakers & music, made me incredibly emotional. The first time I started to cry was when a woman was speaking about being stuck in this life and not being able to free ourselves from sin &c. She prayed for us all (4000 people !) and i felt this amazing emotional surge, which at the time really scared me. i have never cried in front of people, let alone with 4000 others ! I have since started going to youth group &c but .. almost every time I go, something makes me cry. i don’t know why and it’s quite distressing, not to mention embarrassing ! I wondered if anybody could help me .. i feel like I want to become a part of christianity & let God into my life .. but i’m afraid of losing my life as i know it, and i don’t know how to go about it .. i really don’t know what to do, and i’m too shy to ask my youth leader because I know i’ll only start to cry.
    please help me !

    molly

  • Molly – the only reason I can think of that you would feel such strong emotion every time you are around God’s people is that He is calling you. He knows you better than you know yourself and thus, is calling you in a way that has to be perfect for you. It doesn’t have to be an emotional thing to ask Jesus into your life – but for many of us, it is. And honestly, that’s all you have to do – believe that Jesus is who He says he is – the Son of God who died on the cross and took the punishment of your sins upon Himself… who not only died, but also rose again, triumphing over death so that you could have REAL LIFE here and now and also forever with Him. believe it and tell God you believe it and just like that, you will be saved, rescued and freed. Yes you will “lose control of your life” as you know it – but in fact letting go of that is the only way to really FIND yourself able to do and be all that He created you to be. It’s the beginning of a scary, wild, incredible adventure. It’s going to be full of ups and downs, joys and sorrows, good times and hard times – but I can promise you that it is the most amazing thing that will ever happen to you. Because GOD is a most amazing God. He’ll be your best friend through it all, the One who will never leave you or forsake you. The One you can always trust because EVERYTHING He does, He does because He LOVES you – through and through. Click one of the buttons at the top of this page, and you can get prayer and help for what to do next … And hey, i know the emotions can be embarrassing and overwhelming at times – but really, they are just signals for us to look deeper – something really important about who we are and how God wired us is underneath … I pray you find your life with God tonite.

  • thanks jodi 🙂
    oh .. i’m quite scared still.
    how do i actually do it ? how do i let go ?
    is there something special i should say ?
    i’m such a novice, i really don’t know properly what to do 🙁

  • You can literally just tell him what you’re thinking, Molly – start talking to him, that’s all prayer is anyway – having a conversation with God. If you want you can say something like this: Jesus, you know I’m scared about how to do this – but I just want you to know I believe you love me, I believe you are who you said you are… that you died on the cross FOR ME, that you rose again and that you are still alive today. I am giving my heart and life to you today, asking you to take control and trusting you (even though you know i’m scared!) to show me, day by day, all that you have for me. … and that’s about it, girl! you can say whatever else you want to – He is your best friend, always with you … and He really did DIE so that He could know you and be in relationship with you. It’s pretty amazing stuff when you think about it.

    I have a 16 yr old daughter myself, btw – as well as some friends in NZ. Not sure if they’re anywhere close to you, but feel free to email me or find me on facebook: [email protected] … I’d love to help out any way I can — much love!!

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