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Oh, Lord give me vision – Part 2


Oh, that God would give the Church of our generation the vision of His holiness that we might be separated unto Him a HOLY NATION indeed – But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation: because it is written, be ye holy: for I am holy (1Peter 1:15-16).
It Was An Inward Vision – He Saw Himself.

Then said I, woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts (Isaiah 6:5).

The upward vision reflected or revealed the prophet’s inward condition and the person the Lord knows him to be. It was a vision of depth. He saw the excesses and recesses of his own heart and for the first time, saw that, he was not different from the people upon whom he has been pronouncing “WOE.” He saw how filthy and dirty a person he was and cried out “WOE IS ME.” Have you seen the person that God knows you to be? Are you still seeing and banking on the person you think or others think (say) you are? Oh, how wretched you are, if your confidence is based on the opinion or views of others about who you are or in your own improper self-evaluation and judgment of whom you are! A man who sees the reflection of the person that God knows him to be, will cry out like Isaiah “WOE IS ME” or as Apostle Paul will put it in Romans 7:24; O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of his death?


This dimension of the prophet’s vision also reveals hellishness (condemnation) “I AM UNDONE.” How I pray today that through this medium, God will give to all preachers, a fresh vision of HELL, so that they will take the pulpit ministry seriously. That from our pulpits, preachers beholding the vision of hell will pull out poor souls from the bottomless pit of hell. It Was An Outward Vision – He Saw The World Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, whom shall send, and who will go for us? Then said I here am I; send me (Isaiah 6:8).

It was a vision of breadth. He saw the hopeless condition of the world (sinful humanity). He saw men and women created in God’s image, slipping daily into hell. Hence, his passionate response of “Here Am I; Send Me” to the question “Whom Shall I Send, and Who Will Go for Us?”

A God-given vision will give birth to passion for missions. Until you see, you cannot be moved. But when he saw (vision) the multitude, he was moved (passion) with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few, pray ye (mission) therefore the Lord of the harvest that he will send forth labourers into the harvest. Matt. 9:36-38 (Emphasis added).

Vision begets passion for Missions. No vision in life, no mission in life. What a waste! A Church that has no outreach or missionary outfit is a Church without a vision. A Church that neglects outreaches and starves her missionaries (mission workers) has lost the vision.
Rev. Idorenyin James, Congregational Pastor, United Evangelical Church


When a Church cares less about the shepherd and concentrates more on her building projects, she has lost her vision. In summary, the three dimensions of the prophet Isaiah’s vision reveals the greatness and holiness of God, the prophet’s weakness, inadequacies, sinfulness, and corruption (this led him to the place of genuine confession and repentance, which produced forgiveness, pardon and cleansing), and the hopelessness of sinful humanity (this led to his commission for mission).

May I conclude this message with a passionate appeal to the body of Christ (The Church/believers), that in this generation, when the average Church knows more about promotion, competition, propaganda, politics and law-suit, among others, she should please humble herself under God to seek just one things SIGHT (VISION) lest we perished. Let the Church, therefore, approacesh her Lord and Saviour like the blind Bartimaeus and petition thus “Lord, that I might receive my sight” (Mk. 10:51).

Friend, in all thy getting, get a vision. Grace be with you and Shalom.
Rev. Idorenyin James, Congregational Pastor, United Evangelical Church
(Founded as Qua Iboe Church), Surulere, Lagos.


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