Casting Vision

Casting Vision… We say that a lot

Have you ever heard something like this: “People won’t volunteer with students; we need to do a better job casting the vision.” “None of the juniors and seniors are signed up for mission trips? We need to cast more vision.”

What does casting vision mean? What does casting vision not mean?

We get the concept from Proverbs 29:18, which says: “Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.

In the OT, God spoke through prophets. God gave them prophetic vision or a word to give to the people. Now, as Hebrews 1:2 reminds, ” God has spoken through His Son…” This word for vision is actually only used in the Old Testament, so when someone talks about casting their “personal” vision, listen carefully and maybe run because, God speaks primarily now through His Son, Jesus. And, Jesus speaks primarily through His Word, the Bible.

Proverbs 29:18 and “casting vision”, is not primarily about creativity, harder work, or a tagline. Casting vision is primarily about teaching and warning people to obey what has already been clearly given to us in the Bible. So, when no one is reminding what the Bible says, what happens to the people?

King Jimmy is one of the few translations that says “the people will perish.” The Hebrew word for “Cast off restraint” is used several times in the Old Testament. One case is when Moses saw that the people had made a golden calf! In Exodus 33:25, Moses sees that the people had completely let loose and were following other gods. Let’s consider this! When people within a congregation forget their purpose and calling, they let loose. 

I know I’ve had several conversations with adults who have said, “I am not at a place to volunteer with students and talk to them about dating, I love Grey’s too much!” “I would have to watch what I say on social media if I were to volunteer with the middle schoolers.” “I had to step down from leadership, because I can’t stop sleeping with my boyfriend.”

I’m not throwing condemnation, because I know I am not perfect. And, I’m not saying you have to be perfect to mentor. But, in these comments I hear someone who is convicted, but not convicted enough to stop. They’ve “let loose” or loosened the vision of making disciples- either because the vision of 2 Timothy 2:2 wasn’t shared or they’re choosing to silence it. People who cast off restraint aren’t happy and free. The verse concludes that, “…but, blessed is the person who keeps the law.”

In what areas can we hold tightly to Scripture and not let loose? What clear vision from Scripture has stood out to you lately in the Bible? How can you obey it? Who are some people you are mentoring that you need to have a cup of coffee with to teach them the meaning of Proverbs 29:18? -Amy