BELIZE JOURNAL PT.1 on evangelical values. You’ve heard of the purpose-driven life. But what drives our purposes? What propels our vision? For years evangelicals in Belize have had a great vision—on paper. In our evangelical association, our stated vision has been: “To bring the Body of Christ together for maximum impact of the Kingdom of God in Belize.” Our specific objectives have been to:
1. Form Chapters within each District working together to establish the unity of the Body of Christ.
2. Develop a prayer-empowered spiritual relationship with business and political leaders to promote righteousness.
3. Apply God’s word to contemporary social, moral, economic & spiritual needs of the Belizean society.
4. Respond cooperatively and immediately to any crisis.
5. Promote worship, prayer, evangelism, discipleship, family development and missions in all ethnic groups.
It looks great on paper, doesn’t it? But it’s stayed on paper too long. What is needed to get it off paper and into action? What makes these words flesh?
Values. Evangelical values drive evangelical vision. We must ask ourselves, what do we really value? What do we treasure? “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mt. 6:21).
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in or steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also… No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (Mt. 6:19-21,24).
If we are storing up treasures on earth, they will either rust or be robbed. So where are our values? If our values are in personal gain, we will never achieve a corporate vision. If our values are in material gain, we will never achieve a heavenly vision. But if our treasures are in heaven, our prayers and actions will bring heaven to earth. God’s words will become flesh.
What evangelical values do we need to achieve our evangelical vision? I asked this of evangelical leaders in the nation. Especially of evangelical leaders in the Belize District. Because the Belize District is the only district that does not have a chapter in our new evangelical association. The Belize District needs renewed vision. Without vision the people perish. Even more, it needs a revolution of values. Because without values, vision fades in the distance.
After we went over the above vision and objectives, I asked Belize District leaders, what evangelical values will get us there? I didn’t ask one or two, but many. A corporate answer will lead to corporate action. This has become one of our key values. “We coordinate together what God has given to each of us.”
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