French philosopher Blaise Pascal was probably most famous for boring secondary students with triangles.
However, he was also a wonderful Christian thinker.
In his Pensées, his defense of Christianity (which I will not pretend that I’ve read), Pascal puts out an oft-misquoted idea. Within the heart of every human, Pascal says, is an “infinite abyss” that can only be filled by an “infinite object; in other words by God himself.”
It’s a beautiful concept and one that rings true, in my experience.
Everyone has a deep longing in them. It comes out in a number of ways – for some it’s a hunger for greatness, for transcendence above normality. For others it becomes a quest for truth and meaning. For others it’s a simple cry: there must be more to life than this.
This is the vision that God plants in our hearts. A vision for something greater. A vision that as Christians we are told in Revelation 21 is fulfilled when heaven and earth are renewed, when Christ returns.
In one, often-confusing word? Heaven
If, as many missiologists claim, there is a Missio Dei (Mission of God) for humanity, why should there not also be a Visio Dei – a vision of God?
Bill Hybels says that vision is a “picture of the future that creates passion in people.”
That’s what God has placed in all of our hearts, a longing that goes beyond facts or science. It’s the entirely rational, intangible desire for fulfilment.
I am passionate to see people explore the visions God has placed on their own life. I’m excited to support and partner with people as they gather in church communities to explore a vision that God has gifted a particular congregation for a particular point in time.
But I’m driven by the vision God has for humanity – restoration and renewal through Christ,
How about you?