In my recent post, “Vision Quests and Burning Bushes,” we discussed having a vision and purpose for our lives, our families, and our careers. Vision is truly critical if we want to experience success and the true life of blessing that God has for us. The key to receiving that vision is to spend time with the Father; in his word, in prayer, in community with other believers. Even when we are doing these things, we can still experience what I will call, “vision block.”
Vision block can happen even when we are doing all of the right things, with the right heart, and for the right purpose. I for one have experienced this vision block even in seasons of incredible intimacy with God and high levels of commitment to Him. So the question is, if we are doing all the right things, with the right heart, and for the right purposes, why wouldn’t we receive that redemptive revelation from God?
In John 16, Jesus is speaking with His disciples. He is preparing them for His eventual death and departure from earth. In verse 12, He says, “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now.” This is the guy who has spent nearly 3 years with these guys. He has been speaking vision, sharing the truths of the Kingdom of God, teaching them how to love and serve, showing them what he wants them to do with their lives and with their message and all of a sudden, He can’t share more with them? Suddenly there are parts of the message that are off-limits? How can this be?
“But you can’t bear it now.” Jesus isn’t holding out. He’s not being selfish. He’s not playing coy. He’s protecting His disciples from things they aren’t ready to carry. It’s like when a child asks where babies come from. Most of us aren’t going to explain the mechanics of that scenario to a child. It’s not because we don’t love them or we’re trying to keep a secret. It’s because we do love them and we know that they are not ready to be exposed to such a grown up concept. The disciples weren’t ready to understand everything Jesus had for them. They were in the beginning stages of grief as they were losing a friend. They were still young and trying to grasp the things that He had already told them. They just weren’t ready.
When it comes to God’s vision for your life, for your family, for your career; are you ready? Are you equipped to handle the weight of the God-sized dream that he has for you? Are you prepared to lay aside the things that fall outside of that vision in order to pursue His calling with everything? Or, is he just sitting and waiting for you to grow saying, “There is so much more I want to tell you…”
What are you holding on to that you need to let go of? What area of your life or your leadership do you need to develop? What’s standing in the way and preventing you from hearing from God and receiving the redemptive revelation that comes from Him bringing life and purpose to all who pursue it?