What comes to mind when you think of God’s vision for your life and becoming the servant leader He created you to be? I believe He has called you to bear much fruit and to be a shining light in this world. Ultimately, your purpose is to be a reflection of Jesus and to do so, you must know the vision God has called you to.
Leadership Starts with Vision
There are many great illustrations of this in the Bible. One of the best is the story of Nehemiah and the vision God gave him to restore his city. God provided the vision and worked through Nehemiah to accomplish His plans. The people scoffed at Nehemiah when he originally shared the plan because it seemed impossible. But once the city was restored, they knew that it could have only been accomplished through the power of God. Nehemiah 6:15-16
Knowing & Living Your Vision
It’s easy to lose focus on your God called vision through the grind of our daily lives. Here are some tips to both recognize and live out your vision to its fullest:
- Spend time in daily reflection to discern what God has put on your heart. We can head out on our own and build plans, but true fruitfulness will come when we are listening to God and carrying out the vision he has put within you.
- Enlarge and execute upon the vision. Acknowledge and use the gifts, talents and resources that God has given you. God does not want us sitting on our gifts, but instead actively using them in service to others. Matthew 25:14-30
- Bring others into the journey. Increase your effectiveness and power for achievement by recruiting others to use their talents and gifts to succeed in the vision together. Start by building relationships and work on building and maintaining trust. Set the foundation and then empower people to accomplish great things in this world; this is true servant leadership!
- See risk as your friend to embrace; comfort and safety as your enemy to push away. All great things in history have come about through leaders taking risk. Your vision should be permanently hinged to risk. When you see things as challenging and laden with risk, you will rely on God’s power to work through you to accomplish great things. Increase your pain threshold! It will insure that you stay connected to God and with God all things are possible.
Trust in the vision God has placed in your heart. You have a unique purpose that only you can accomplish and an impact on the world that only you can fulfill. Don’t allow anyone to distract you from your vision and don’t let the fear of risk stop you from moving forward. Step out now and begin your journey of becoming the servant leader that God created you to be!
God’s blessings to you as you begin or continue your journey!
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:1-2