It has been a few months since I have written my last blog post, but recently, I have had many challenges and joys filling up my time. God has been so evident this Spring 2018. We started off this semester welcoming 27 students, and as always, new students bring a whole new atmosphere. We have been so graciously given a semester full of amazing people who all have a desire to grow in their relationship with Christ. This desire, from my own personal experience of being a student, is fueled mostly from a passion to get rid of a self-satisfying lifestyle and to seek Christ in our everyday lives. I have been so lucky to have the opportunity to grow and develop my roots here at KBC, and although God has shown himself to me in so many different ways over the years, I have grown dim in my vision.
Being out here at this Bible college for almost three years now, I have had the opportunity to be stretched and molded into many different ways, but in all honesty, for a while now I have lost the vision I first had as a student. Proverbs 29:18 states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish,” and I find this very applicable today. A pastor without a vision of what his life and ministry will look like will fall short; a ministry without the vision of furthering the Kingdom of Christ will come to its end; a Christian without a passion and a vision will burn out. Bill Hybel, the author of Courageous Leadership expanded this idea perfectly by saying, “Vision is a picture of the future that produces passion within us” (Courageous Leadership, 31). I agree with Hybel wholeheartedly. Without this vision of the future, how can one serve Christ with a passion unlike anything else?
Do you wake up in the morning eager to serve God? Do you wonder how God is going to use you today? Do you see people as an awaiting opportunity or a divine appointment? If you don’t, then I suggest reigniting your passion. Seek out places in your life where your passions and purpose intersect. Stand at that crossroad and see Jesus do amazing work in your life. I know from personal experience that serving God here at Kauai Bible College is what I am called to do, but lacking in vision and passion will thwart your purpose.
So my challenge to you is to seek out your vision. What is it that you are passionate about? Do you envision the future with timidity and ambiguity, or do you look to it with a passion and a zeal that can only be found in Christ Jesus and the hope we have found in Him? I have found and renewed my passion, but it is an everyday renewal. It starts everyday with being in the Word and having constant communication with my God through prayer. Please never settle for just mediocrity. Live a life that is passionate for the ministry and full of vision and all consumed with the love that Jesus exemplifies.
Written by Emily Cucjen