Take heed to yourself... (Deut 4v.9); Therefore take good heed to yourselves... v.15; take heed unto yourselves... v.23
The New Testament definition of "take heed" gives a set of meanings for take and a set for heed. Both sets major on vision and today the Lord is majoring on paying attention to your vision.
Sometimes I get so busy responding to life's latest ping-pong volley, I forget to fight to move forward in my vision. "What vision?" is my puny response when I am jumping from one thing I have to do to another. Can I tell the truth? But if I don't try to live it, speak it, and daily nurture my belief in my vision, who will take heed to it for me?
The "take" in "take heed" comes from the Greek word skop. Think of a rifle scope. It means to take aim, to mark, consider, look at. When was the last time you considered the vision God has given you for your life? If your vision was born of God, it is destined to overcome the world and to flourish. Maybe one day you'll have an army of grateful, passionate people praying for your vision to grow and prevail. But right now, the praying and the passion are your lonely Maytag-repairman job!
Yes, pray for your pastor's vision, but also pray for yours. Just as He set Adam in a garden to tend it and make it grow, so the Lord has set you in the garden of your life. Can you see where one day you'll put the oak grove? And over there you can add the apple orchard to feed a multitude on fresh truth? Set your sights.
The "heed" in "take heed" comes from the Greek word "blepo" - which means to look on or look at, behold, beware, perceive or regard. Can you see it? In Gen. 13 v.14, God told Abram, "Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are..." to see the land He would give to him. Can you see your vision from where you are today? Taking heed to yourself is not just for yourself, but for the Glory of God!
March 25, 2010