Consider the locust, they say this is the year of the locust again. Scripture says, “The Locusts have no king, yet all of them go out in ranks” (Prov. 30:27) Despite their small size and their status as pests, the locusts receive honorable mention in the Word of God. What is it about these small insects that merits such and honor?
The strength of any vision lies in alignment-that is, vision caught and shared by every person involved. A common vision is the product of every person living a life of character and hearing the same call, a shared picture of a preferred, God-designed future. If you want to build a strong team, you have to get everyone pulling together for the same cause.
Vision means little without alignment. You can have the most visionary ideals, but without alignment, you will be unable to achieve them. Without everyone in the church catching a common vision, success will remain beyond your reach. You need a common vision in order to arrive at a common goal.
If there’s one thing worse than a church without vision, it’s a church with many visions. In such a congregation, everyone lobbies for his or her own personal agenda, and the church ends up becoming a political assembly-not a single body, but a chaotic gathering of conflicted individuals, each one pulling for his or her own viewpoint. With too many visions, a church sows the seeds of dissension at its very inception and ensures its own failure. An old Greek proverb says, If you pursue two hares, both will escape you.
What happens when people lack a common vision? simply this: Even though you are together, you have no idea where you are going. Always remember, people without a vision perish (Prov. 29:18