Vision Restored: Mark 8:22-25

We must have a vision if we are going to accomplish anything in life. You have to see where you want to be in order to get there.

Mark 8:22-25 – “Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.”

We must have a vision in our life if we are going to accomplish anything in life. In order to be successful you must have a vision. In order to be successful in your job you must have a vision. You have to see where you want to be in order to get there.

In your family you must have a vision. In order to be that husband or wife that you want to be you have to first see it. To be that mom or dad that raises successful God fearing children, you must have a vision. These things don’t happen by chance. Even in your spiritual race you must have a vision, that is why in Hebrews 12:2 says to “run with endurance the race that set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”

In our church we must have a vision. We see Cornerstone as a dynamic, Spirit-filled, community church, numbering in the thousands, impacting our city, southern Indiana, and the world through leadership development and church planting. We must have a vision. Is it any wonder that God said in Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision the people perish.” You must have a vision. But instead, to many times God’s people are like that this blind man, they are just walking around through life without vision.

Jesus Came to Bethsaida

Bethsaida was a fishing town off the Sea of Galilee. It was the hometown of Peter, Andrew, and Phillip. A city rebuked by Jesus,

“Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes” (Matthew 11:20-21).

They bring this blind man to Jesus. They ask for Jesus to touch him. He takes the man by the hand and leads him out of the town. Before God can give you vision, He has to first get you out of the place you’re in. We become blinded by the place we are in. In order for God to give you vision, you have to hold on to Him and follow Him blindly, putting your trust in Him, until He can get you to a place where He can speak to you. Where He can open your eyes and give you vision.

He Had Vision, But it Was Poor Vision

Jesus spit on His eyes and touched him, and asked what he saw. He said, I see men as trees walking. He could see, but it was very good.

To many times in life we settle for the poor vision. We just can’t see the way God wants us to see. I know God wants the best for me and wants to bless me, but I see the debt that I have and no money coming. I know what you telling me God, but that’s not how I see it.

I know God wants the church to reach out to this area and beyond, to reach thousands for Him, but I see the crowd we have here. I know what your saying God, but I can’t see. I kind of see it, but it’s fuzzy and mangled. It looks like trees walking.

His Vision Restored

Jesus touched His eyes and his vision was restored. He could now see clearly. His vision was restored. For it to be restored, he could see before.

Some Christians used to have vision. You used to have a vision in your life. You once had it for your ministry. You once had it for you family. You had it before for the church.

We have to once again get that clear vision back. We must begin to see again how God wants us to see it. We must see clearly through His eyes.

We have to a clear vision from God in our lives. Many are just walking blindly. You may even be like this blind man you used to have vision, but it’s gone. But I have good news, He”s the restorer of vision.

Luke 4:18 NKJV – “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed

God’s Word Translation reads it this way, “The Spirit of the Lord is with me. He has anointed me to tell the Good News to the poor. He has sent me to announce forgiveness to the prisoners of sin and the restoring of sight to the blind.”

God wants to lead to place where He can restore your vision. Maybe you have a vision, but it is poor vision, let Him touch your eyes again. Let’s get the clear vision of God back in our lives and back in our church.

Greg Harvey is the pastor of CornerStone Worship Center, a dynamic, spirit-filled church in Bedford, Indiana. Pastor Greg is an anointed preacher and powerful Bible expositor with a vision for missions, leadership development, and church planting.