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Are you open to leading?
Ask God to give you a vision that brings healing to others. It may be physical, emotional, or mental, but each of us should ask Him for a vision aimed at bringing life to others! As people perceive your vision is meant to help, they will come to you.
Four men bring a paralyzed man to Jesus. They climb up a ladder to get to the roof. They dig a hole in the roof. Imagine being in the home as seeing parts of the roof falling on the living room floor? They lower him down to Jesus. In other words they do all they can. They lead from their strengths. People will work hard when they see great vision.
Immediately Jesus offers forgiveness to the man. He deals with the man’s sins and past before dealing with the man’s future. The men want Jesus to heal the paralyzed man so he can walk again. Jesus wants to heal the man’s soul so he can do life.
Vision aimed only at the temporal needs is only temporary. Project a vision that seeks to empower people’s future in greater ways than they could ever hope or dream.
Perhaps the man only thought of walking, only to return home and look for a job. Jesus gives him this and so much more. He offers hope, future and eternity. Regardless of whether you realize it or not, all vision eventually leads to eternity.
The question is how will your vision lead others for both now and forever? It’s not a question of either/or, but rather a both/and.
God rescues you when you are in trouble. Psalm 50.15
God promises to be your protector. Psalm 84.11
God gives you his peace. John 14.27
God will never leave you or abandon you. Hebrews 13.5
God walks with you in times of trouble. Psalm 138.7
God’s love never ends. 1 Chronicles 16.34
God meets your everyday needs. Matthew 6.33
God promises abundant life. John 10.10
God promises that if we search for him we will find him. Deuteronomy 4.29
God promises to listen when we pray. Jeremiah 29.12
God is your strength and help in trouble. Psalm 46.1
God heals your wounds and hearts. Psalm 147.3
God gives you eternal life. John 3.16
God helps you. Hebrews 13.6
God directs your paths. Proverbs 3.6
God cares for you. 1 Peter 5.7
God comforts you. Psalm 23.4
God gives you rest. Matthew 11.28
God strengthens us. Philippians 4.13
God provides for your needs. Philippians 4.19
God is faithful to keep all his promises. Hebrews 10.23
God comforts you. 2 Corinthians 1.4
God has power to do everything he has promised. Romans 4.21
God promises not to lie. Numbers 23.19
God promises no more tears, no more pain, no more suffering in heaven. Revelation 21.4
Take a moment to share one or more of these with someone.
Which one(s) bring the most comfort to you?
Calm in the storm.
I absolutely love how this verse begins. “On one of those days,…”
Ever have one of those days? Of course you have. We all have. You may very well be having one of them today. Jesus seemed to have a few of them himself.
Pharisees and teachers from all over were sitting, listening to Jesus. They had come from several towns, including Jerusalem. This fact informs us that there were several opinions in the room that day. Some of which were opposed to Jesus and His message.
As we will discover this account is the first of five incidents of controversy Luke tells us of. Jesus is facing a bit of a rough ride.
I have no way of confirming this, but human nature tells me that as Jesus is speaking, other teachers were outlining their responses and criticisms of all he was saying. To say he was outnumbered would be a gross understatement.
However, in the midst of surrounding opposition, Jesus remains focused on the mission and able to maintain his composure. We see this in the second half of verse 17.
“And the power of the Lord was with him to heal.”
His mission remained the cornerstone of each and every conversation and period of testing. Though surrounded by people who resisted him, he boldly moved forward with the task at hand.
You’ll also note that he continued to stay sensitive to what was going on. Jesus understood the power to heal was with him. He didn’t allow the crowd to diminish his ability to fulfill his mission.
Allow me to sum it up. Jesus was moved by compassion for the man he was about to heal, rather than the crowd around him. He was focused on the needs of the one over the opinions of the many.
How can we learn to stay in tune with what God is doing when the crowd says otherwise?
How do you react to opposition in your life?
There will be moments in your leadership when those we refer to as outcasts of society come to you looking for help. How you respond determines the magnitude of your leadership.
Jesus is approached by a leper. Lepers were not to approach people. As a matter of fact they were to call out, “leper” or “unclean” when people were near so as to not come close. This social outcast falls to the ground in front of Jesus and then, rather than call out “unclean” he asks for healing.
The leader who wishes to be in the limelight and with the crowd that offers him or her something in return is no leader. It’s the one who searches for a towel to wash other’s feet, rather than seeks the title, that is a true leader.
Your leadership will be defined by offering help to those who can give back nothing in return. Too many individuals desire only advancement. Jesus is only concerned about the condition of the man.
We see this further displayed when Jesus tells the leper to go and show himself to the priests. What is meant by this?
Jesus doesn’t stop at the man’s healing. He urges the man to go show himself so the former leper will be reunited in fellowship with others. Healing is the beginning. Community it the desired outcome.
The former leper was also incredibly lonely. He needed to be restored on the inside as well as the outside.
How is your leadership reflected when others approach you for help?
How are you restoring people to community through your leadership?
It’s been stated on more than one occasion that, people follow vision. We see this principle in action here is this moment. Men follow the lead of Jesus by putting their nets out in the deep water. This after a full day of fishing. They were tired, hungry and perhaps a bit frustrated.
In the midst of this, Jesus urges them to go back out for a catch. Once the men follow his lead they see the power and potential of this man. People are looking for leadership. People want to follow people who are leaders. But it goes much further than this one fact.
Of course knowing the end of the story is one advantage we have that the disciples did not. Peter and the others have no idea where this will carry them. Jesus knows. He is setting them up to become leaders. Shouldn’t this be the aim of each leader? To birth more leaders, capable of making more.
The men are simply happy to be following a leader. Little did they know that they will one day become leaders of the Church and the initial leaders of Christianity. Jesus takes a few men who were simple fishermen and turns them into world changers! That’s leadership!
Yet it doesn’t seem to be that the men would be leaders that draws them into following Jesus. It is something about Jesus that draws them. It is more than Jesus simply knowing how to fish. Regular fishermen would be happy to ask Jesus where the next catch would be and fish in that place next time. After all he had already led them to a great fishing spot once. Certainly he can do it again and again.
They see something in Jesus that compels them to leave their nets and lifestyle to follow.
What do you see in Jesus that urges you to follow?
What have you laid down in order to follow?
How is Jesus shaping your leadership? Where do you see him leading you?