Vision is the key to chess, as it is many things in life. Seeing what others do not see is critical. Faith will give you vision that is not only deep, but extends into eternity itself. This is the key to winning the battle you are facing.
Chess is a game of patience but ultimately it is breadth of vision which separates combatants. To be truly ‘great’ you must be able to anticipate the moves of your opponent. Calculating in advance 10 or 20 moves and beyond is what GrandMasters do. Similarly it is the ability to look into the future which makes the difference in many other spheres. None more so than the kingdom of God.
But let us be clear what we are talking about in this context. We are not referring to the idea of having a five or ten year plan. While I am not opposed to planning, this is not what we are talking about. The truth is the Kingdom of God is unfolding through our ability to behold eternity. This is not merely just talking about eternity in the sense that ‘we will one day be in heaven for eternity’. Rather, it is a kind of vision that apprehends eternity now.
This kind of vision is the very vehicle through which the power of eternity manifests. By touching eternity we bring eternity into the present. It is mystical but very real. In fact the very nature of preaching which produces faith is bringing eternity into the ‘now’. We are most impacted when eternity enters the room.
The apostle Paul spoke of this very thing as the natural orientation of the believer. He said…
“While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal”
(2 Corinthians 4:18)
This focus was always meant to be central to every believer. It is not an option reserved for the special unique or the greatest, it is the very nature of what it means to be a child of God. If we find it difficult to conceive of eternity in more than a figurative sense, then we know what needs to be done in our hearts. The unseen needs to become visible–this is the essence of what faith produces. In fact this kind of faith and vision is at the heart of our alignment with God himself.
The ability to see eternity as a present reality and not just a future possibility, is the evidence of true faith. Faith and the vision it fosters, allows us to close the gap between the present and the future. Among other things it allows us to perceive as ‘now’ what may be in fact a long way off. The benefits of this are many. For example, it empowers us against sin. Vision allows you to bypass sin, as the consequence of sin is not lost in a vague future–it is now. Proverbs 29:18 says it this way… “Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.”
Above all, vision of eternity allows you to interact with the Lord Himself. While God interjects Himself into time, He lives in eternity! Time is a central part of the universe as we know it now, not in eternity. Fellowship with Him is increased and made far more tangible by this kind of faith. Is it any wonder then that we cannot please God without faith? (Hebrew 11:6).