I recently saw a video of a dog race in Shepperton, Australia in 2010. Dog racing is a popular betting sport, featuring beautiful greyhounds chasing a mechanical bunny propelled along the racetrack.
In the particular race I watched, out of nowhere a wild rabbit sprinted across the track, right in front of eight greyhounds that were chasing the fake. The dog in third place veered off course on a mission to run the real hare down. It was hilarious! Officials had to annul the race and return all the betting money.
That dog race episode is a snapshot of humanity. Many people are chasing a dream which is man-made and a mere fantasy, with nothing substantial to offer in the end except emptiness and disappointment. However, once in a while, someone catches a glimpse of the “real thing” God reveals and pursues that vision instead, resulting in a joyful fulfilment of the purpose for which we are created.
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) says “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Eugene Peterson paraphrases it this way: “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.” (The Message)
The sermon series will help us examine the vision God gave to heroes of the faith so they could better understand themselves, God, and the people they live among, all within the context of the past, present, and future. These happen to be the puzzle pieces necessary for us to discern God’s vision for ourselves and for the church.