In East Africa there is a remote tribe called the Hadzabe (“Hod-zuh-bay”) that speaks an isolated click language and worships both the sun and “ancestor” spirits. Yet God is bringing hope for the Hadza through a woman named Mariaumu. Mariaumu is a Hadza woman who just recently committed her life to Christ and immediately began to join God in His mission.
Mariamu caught the vision casted by Jesus Himself in Matthew 9 for more laborers to be sent into the harvest field as she became a laborer herself. Only two months after surrendering her life to Jesus, Mariamu came to me and said, “Last night I was praying for God to open doors for the Gospel among the Hadzabe people, and I remember having a dream and God spoke to me, ‘Begin to teach at Mambos’ village.’” And Mariamu has begun to do this very thing.
She has taught Bible stories to that entire village, and even equipped several Hadza people who are now Christians and sent them off to unreached villages with the mission to spark disciples who will make disciples, or in other words, Kingdom Laborers!
Mariamu simply needed a small spark to begin powerfully laboring for God’s Kingdom—she encountered a living God who is still speaking today. And as she did, she realized that God’s vision is much better than her own vision for life.
Have you ever looked at those who have an immense impact for the Kingdom of God and wondered, “How do they do it?” or “Where did they begin?”
If you look at everyday ordinary people that God used in powerful ways all throughout Scripture, they too, simply encountered God and then received a unique mission from and for Him as He spoke vision into their lives.
Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint” or as The Message puts it, “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves.”
This idea of “vision” in Proverbs is literally revelation from God, or in other words, communication from Him. This vision is one that God Himself gives—not one that we ourselves create. And in Hebrew, the idea of “casting off restraint” is meant to invoke an image of a horse without a bridle… to be completely unbridled and without direction or guidance.
If we are following our own life vision—even if it is for God— we have missed out on God’s true guidance and direction and are running around unbridled because the vision is not from God Himself.
All of God’s laborers in Scripture received their visions from God. Mariamu received her vision from God and began to follow it; and as a result, powerful Kingdom movement has happened!
Whose vision are you following? Have you sought the Lord and longed to hear His voice rather than your own?
Watch the video below for more of Mariamu’s and Charlie’s God-Sized Vision:
Listen to Charlie speak on God-Sized Vision:
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