I first starting blogging back in 2005. Though the writing style has (hopefully) improved and the website has gone through many iterations, I continually come back to the vision, purpose, and focus of my life.
The life of a Christian is no measly endeavor. It is epic in scope, unexplainable in the natural realm, and truly the most exciting adventure one can live. Oh, and it will cost us everything. My deepest desire is for the Word (Jesus) to so dwell within and source my life that He is all you can see. And it is in such sourcing that the world will, without a doubt, be turned upside down.
As God continually grows and transforms me more into His likeness, I find it interesting that a “vision” for my life, originally written in the early 2000s hasn’t changed but still enunciates my heart. This “vision” isn’t so much ministry directed as it is a foundational focus that governs my entire life. It doesn’t articulate my desires for life and ministry in detail—rather, it gives global perspective for what I desire God to do in and through my life.
Sure, it’s simple. But it’s direct and packed with substance.
A Couple Scriptures to Set the Stage
I love the Bible. And over the last decade, several verses have come to mean a lot in my life—forming a basis that set the stage for where I sense Jesus is drawing my life. Before I get to the vision, ponder these verses (granted, they are somewhat “Nathan” specific):
The Word of God came to Nathan …
(1 Chronicles 17:3)
“These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.”
Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord. Awake as in the ancient days, in the generations of old.
… mighty men of valor, men trained for battle, who could handle shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and who were as swift as gazelles on the mountains, joined David at the stronghold in the wilderness …
(1 Chronicles 12:8)
… so that in all things He [Jesus] might have the preeminence.
Christ who is our life …
His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who has called us by His own glory and excellence, by which He has given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, so that through these things you might become partakers of the divine nature and escape the corruption that is in the world through lust.
(2 Peter 1:3-4)
My Life’s Foundational Focus
I exist to know God closely (intimately), completely, correctly, courageously, and contagiously. I house His literal and holy Spirit in my body, and I am called to surrender and abide fully—allowing Him to demonstrate His life, His nature, His attitude, His thoughts, His emotions, His actions, and His love through my life to the world.
As such, my life will be one of gallantry, valor, nobility, honor, virtue, truth, purity, righteousness, triumph, victory, gut, grit, gusto, growl, goodness, grace, glory, and grandeur. I will preach with boldness, pray with unction, plead with travail, live with passion, and die with purpose. Simply, I desire for my life to be spilled, spent, and utilized for the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ.