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.
Leaders need rest.
Jesus takes moments for himself following a long night of meeting with people. Verse 42 tells us that when it was day, he departed. We don’t know whether he was able to sleep or if he ministered to people throughout the night.
Either way it appears he needs to break away from the crowds and spend time in solitude. Leaders know the value of solitude. It rests them from the demands of others, while preparing them for the opportunities ahead of them.
Our culture has turned things around when it comes to this subject. We should rest in order to work, rather than work in order to rest. It’s in our work that we worship. Rest then is God’s gift to us.
Once the people find Jesus he tells them he has to preach the good news to other towns. This was his purpose. This was why he rested.
Rest is a part of God’s purpose for your life as well. Those with the greatest vision and most potential for leadership view rest as a close friend. Without this friend, failure is inevitable.
What do you do to rest?
How are you enabling and encouraging those who follow you to find rest?
How fast things can turn against someone with vision. In the span of a few moments the group went from, speaking well of him (verse 22) to leading Jesus to a cliff to throw him down it (verse 29).
Thus we have a picture of a leader’s life. One minute you and your vision are being applauded and the next, everyone seems to be against you and it. A leader would do well to learn a lesson here.
Never allow the applause of men to lull you into believing that everyone is for you. The crowd can and does turn quickly. What is important is to stand with courage and resolve, believing that the vision God has given is meant to help the very people who are now out to harm you.
Never give up on the crowd. Though they may very well turn their back on you, remain focused on your call. God is with you and will guide you each step of the way. Our role is to simply carry the vision to the places and people God sets before us. He is leading us!
Once again, we see that the very ones who know us best seem to be the very people who have the most difficult time accepting our leadership. Jesus doesn’t seem to let this bother him as he continues to move forward with resolve.
Your leadership may not be accepted where you’d like to see it received. This may be a sign that God has other plans. Keep trusting him in the midst of this.
Have you encountered opposition to your vision?
What is God showing you through this?
If we can’t lead our homes we can’t lead the masses. Following a period of temptation and with a message to deliver to the people, Jesus returns home to Nazareth. Your leadership and vision begin at home.
Lead at home.
As dysfunctional as religion was in his days he continues to make his way to the synagogue on the Sabbath. Rather than speak against it, he sets out to make a difference (verse 16). Again we are led to understand that Jesus’ vision is to work to make things right rather than sit on the sideline to criticize and condemn.
Lead with conviction, courtesy, confidence and compassion.
Verse 17 tells us the scroll was handed to Jesus. As leaders we would well to remember that it is God who hands us vision and authority. Jesus didn’t come in demanding anything. He came in as was his custom. In other words he had come in several times before and not asked to read or speak. Jesus understood the need for discipline and humility.
There is leadership in silence and discipline.
It is in this moment that he shares his mission. Once again we see that his entire aim is to use his life to bring hope to others. This is the purpose of a leader’s life. He was out to love, serve and bring life to others.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free,
19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”
In what ways are you leading your home?
How are you embarking on a journey of discipline?
How is this opening doors for you to lead?
Beware of the temptation to see the vision fulfilled before its time.
Too many leaders will compromise their character and the vision before them. The temptation to quickly gain notoriety often leads to a failed vision. A leader’s desire for accolades and applause from the crowd sacrifices the full impact of what is to come.
Temptation will follow your vision. Without it, you’ll forgo necessary steps and character development meant to strengthen you for the journey. The Son of God entered into this period, full of the Holy Spirit. It’s crucial that each leader find themselves dependent on the Spirit for the battles that are just ahead.
He found himself hungry in the wilderness for forty days. This speaks to the heart of a chosen leader. You’ll not only find your vision tested but you’ll be tested as well. Loneliness often accompanies the life of a sold out leader. This will challenge your level of hunger.
It’s during this time that your willingness to give your all in order to forge ahead will be tested as well as your commitment to run with the vision. This period determines whether the vision you carry is from the flesh or the Spirit.
How is your vision being tested?
What is the biggest temptation you have to overcome before presenting your vision?