Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord… Phil 3:8
Vision, mission, ethic, principle, zeal… these are the fuel of a life lived with purpose. Our lives are bombarded with a myriad of causes set before us. Sometimes, it is the love of the cause that captures our attention, but more often than not it is the charisma of a prominent figure. We like to follow people. Often, the most evident characteristic of successful leadership is the ability to make hearts burn for a particular vision or ideal. If you can put a fire in someone’s heart they will follow you.
This is true whether the vision is pure or evil, successful or unsuccessful. In light of this nations have been born, champions made, and gods invented. The burning hearts of mankind have brought forth the greatest acts of heroism, as well as the the most terrible horrors of injustice.
What is your vision? Whose image do you follow? Every great person follows someone and few throughout history have been at the top. Most of our greatest leaders followed someone else.
Even the greatest man in human history followed someone. Jesus walked in the image of His Father. Others, like the apostle Paul, said to follow him as he follows Christ. There is a lineage and a plumb line.
You follow someone. Do you follow yourself? If you follow you, who does “you” follow? Do you follow a prominent figure or leader? At the root of every vision is a person and at the root of that person’s vision is someone to worship. It may not be a god, but it is someone to worship.
The meaning of every human life is someone and something to worship. This is the vision.
There is one worthy cause and one worthy person throughout all human history. He is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is Christ Jesus the righteous. He is the Faithful Witness. He is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the resurrection and the life. He is grace and love. He is just and true. He sits in judgment and mercy on a throne called grace, calling all people unto Himself.
The knowledge of God in Jesus Christ is eternal life.
Do you know Him well enough that your heart burns when He speaks?