By Sis. Tarpley, NDG Religion Editor
“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:24)
Based on Ephesians 3:16-19, almost every significant thing that God births in humans, God allows the vision to die before it is fulfilled in His own way. Abraham had a vision of being the father of a great nation, this was the birth.
Sarah was barren and became too old to have children, they forgot, nothing is impossible for God, this was the death of Abraham vision, in his mind. God kept His promise and gave Abraham and Sarah a son in their old age; and Abraham became the father of a great nation, this was the fulfillment that God had planned.
Joseph was given a vision that he would be a great leader and that many would bow down to him, this was the birth of Joseph’s vision. Joseph’s brothers sold him to some merchants and he became a slave. Later, he was falsely condemned to spend his years in prison; this was the death of Joseph’s vision, in his mind. God allowed Joseph to interpret the dreams of the butler, the baker and later the king, whereupon, he was made a ruler in the land, this was the fulfillment that God had planned.
God gave Moses a vision of leading His people out of the bondage of Egypt, this was the birth. Pharaoh, as well as his own people, drove Moses out of Egypt after Moses’ first attempt to relieve their bondage; this was the death of Moses’ vision, in his mind. Then God gave Moses signs and wonders to convince Pharaoh to free the people and bring them out of Egypt and into the Promised Land; this was God’s fulfillment of the vision.
The disciples had a vision of establishing the Kingdom of God with Jesus; this was the birth of their vision. The very ones Jesus came to save, killed Him, and the disciples saw Him buried in a tomb, the death of the vision the disciples thought. But God raised Jesus from the dead, and the disciples performed great miracles until the gospel had spread throughout the world, this will be the fulfillment of God’s plan.
A grain of wheat has a “vision” of reproducing itself and many more grains of wheat, this is the birth. The grain dies in the ground, this is the death. A harvest springs up out of the very process of “death” in the ground God’s fulfillment).
Has God given you a vision that is yet unfulfilled? If that vision is born of God, He will raise it up in His own way. Do not try to raise the vision in your own strength. Remember Moses, who tried to fulfill the vision of freeing the Hebrews by killing the Egyptian, it will only fail. But wait on your heavenly Father to fulfill the vision. Then you will know that it was His vision when He fulfills it in the way only He can do.
Pray that God will give you His glorious riches, that He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith. And, pray that you, being rooted and established in His love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know God’s love that surpasses knowledge; that you may be filled to the measure of all your fullness.
Pray in the name of Jesus and trust God to do it.