This portion of Jesus’ journey begins with three words, “On one occasion…” Jesus had many of these type of events during his time on earth. John tells us that this is just one example of Jesus’ style of leadership.
People pressed in to hear the word of God. We can conclude two thoughts from this. First Jesus has said and done enough up to this point for people to have a desire to hear the message. Second, Jesus was not so much interested in promoting himself, but rather, the message.
Don’t get caught in the trap of leading people to yourself. Lead them to what brings life to their situation.
Notice Jesus’ leadership in the midst of chaos. The crowd is pressing. It’s loud. People are jockeying for position. The smell of fish and sweat. The breeze off the sea. Some are washing their nets, others are walking past wondering what’s up, and parents are attempting to keep track of their children.
It’s in the midst of all of this that Jesus formulates a strategic move. He jumps in the boat and immediately summons Peter to put his net into the deep water. The crowd is silenced. Jesus is focused on his mission.
The vast amount of distractions don’t seem to bother him. He is steadfast and resolute. Leaders know how to remain focused in the midst of chaotic happenings. They have a plan and stick to it. While others are watching what is happening, leaders are making it happen.
How do you handle chaos? Are you a fight, flight or make it right individual?
Vision for the future often begins with a reflection of the past. Zechariah is filled with the Spirit and immediately begins to prophesy all that has happened to this point and what it means.
He mentions the past and how the birth of his son, John will usher in a continuation of a vision set in motion long ago. Never make the mistake as a young leader that you have a fresh vision. Rather seek God for a vision that is much greater. The vision we carry is only a reflection of what is in God’s heart.
Many times as leaders we hope for a new, fresh vision. One that has never been seen or heard. But God is in the planting, watering and harvesting of visions. Remember, our vision is to take the supernatural and make it practical. Isn’t this what God did with a man named Jesus? He took the supernatural Jesus and had him wash feet, restore families, and welcome children.
Bringing heaven to earth.
The planting of this vision took place years ago and was now being watered in order that the harvest would take place. Zechariah’s vision was the watering one might say.
There will be times in a leader’s life when he/she will be called upon to bring forth vision that is a piece of a much larger vision. We should never be so arrogant as to believe that our vision stands alone. With God it is a part of a much larger one.
How does your vision fit within the scope of God’s larger plan?
Is the vision God has given you a part of planting, watering or harvest?
How are you reflecting what God is up too?