A Life Fueled by Vision and Purpose

An ancient proverb from the Holy Scriptures states, “Where there is no prophetic vision, the people perish being without care or having good restraint, but one that gives themselves to the
way of God is joyful or happy.” When a person gives themselves to loving God, the Holy Spirit produces in them the right kind of vision and purpose that results in a life that glorifies God.

Proverbs 28:18 simply stated says, “Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law.” These words are true and inspired by the Holy Spirit. And Gospel of Jesus invites us to put our faith/trust in the Person and Work of Jesus, the One who fulfilled the law.

During the first two phases (Foundation and Community) of Narrow Gate, we witness what happens when students put their faith/trust in Christ, we see their lives transformed because they begin defining themselves as Christ defines them. It’s truly miraculous.

The third phase of Narrow Gate is known as “Service” and builds upon his personal relationship with Jesus Christ. His vocation is to worship God in heart and mind as he worships in Spirit and Truth. As a result, we believe he is ready to discover what he will do with time, talent and treasure. During the Service Phase we help him discover a path to what he may do as an occupation, how he will live a life that matters. The Apostle Paul’s words to the church in Ephesus tells us that they are God’s “creative work, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand” and they are ready to live in service to God and others.

In addition to months of Bible studies that helped a young man discover his identity, we use a battery of resources to help him discover his next steps. We employ some assessments that help him understand his personality preferences, aptitudes, gifts and talents. We guide him through a discernment process that includes listening to the voice of God, personally and in the counsel of others. As a result of these things, the student builds a life plan fueled by vision and purpose.

It’s during this phase that the student begins to interact with others beyond the property of the Lodge. They serve in the community in a variety of ways and many times get to witness men and
women who live their lives with vision and purpose. These times are not unlike “field trips” that a school student experiences. They meet people whose occupations range from record producers
to celebrities, from labor workers to business owners, from people who make their home on the street to those that live in really nice homes, and they get to see godly people making a difference everywhere.

After Narrow Gate graduation, students enter the marketplace or schools as missionaries to a world desperate for hope and life. Some of them pursue educational pursuits to further prepare them for their future occupations, while at the same time sharing the Gospel with their peers. Others enter into the workforce and being who they are in Christ they represent Jesus to others. Narrow Gate graduates serve God behind pulpits in churches, as auto and airplane mechanics, paramedics, barbers, presidents and vice-presidents of companies, home builders, medical professionals, and more. But, more importantly than what they “do”, they who know who they and Whose they are.

Daniel Bell

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