Leading by Vision
Motivating and moving people are two very challenging tasks. God wants us to take people somewhere, but He wants us to use His methods and techniques. There is a temptation to lead people by any means necessary – the end justifying the means. Many leaders use fear or intimidation to move a group. Others try to imitate the success of others and copy methods without understanding the heart behind the actions. We have all experienced the frustration of moving ahead without others joining us. How does God motivate us? How did His leaders in the Bible lead others? God’s way is to lead by vision. That is, He gives us a picture or glimpse of His future and we are driven internally to get there and bring others with us. When a leader and followers have a God-given vision, the vision becomes the engine that drives people. Throughout the Bible, God was always trying to get people to see things from his perspective. So many times, God is saying to a leader, “Do you see what I see.” That is the birth of a vision. Let’s look at what God spoke to Moses during his burning bush experience.
And the LORD said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey . . .” Exodus 3:7-8
A heavenly vision starts with a need on the earth that God wants to address. It is so good to know that our God sees, hears and knows the suffering that happens to people. We see from this text that God wants this situation to change. It was not His will for His people to be oppressed in Egypt, but for them to enjoy the land of blessing He had promised. God gave great details of how wonderful this intended place was to create passion in the heart of Moses and so that he could also see it.
Jonathan Swift wrote, “Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.”
A leader will see things from God before others and paint a clear picture for others.
Pastor Rick Warren states: The issue is not who do you think you are, but who do you think God is?
In your dreams for your ministry, don’t limit yourself by saying, “What can I do?” Instead ask, “What can God do in this place?” May your vision be expanded and energized by the mighty Holy Spirit who indwells and empowers you.