I’ve been reading some good leadership books lately and I wanted to share one insight that I shared with my staff this morning.
Deuteronomy 28:1, 15
1 If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 15 However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you:
Now we all know that through relationship with Jesus, we are not cursed. But there can and will be consequences to actions whether they are obedient or disobedient actions.
The Vision Moses cast to the new generation of Israelites looked quite different from anything most leaders have communicated since then:
He cast vision for what life would look like if the people obeyed God fully. But he also cast vision for how life would turn out if they failed to obey God.
Not many leaders do this today! If any!
From then on, the people could see clearly the blessing of obedience and the curse of disobedience.
That’s the power of vision, from 2 angles. Such a vision helps people sort out what they will do, because they can think with the end in mind.
The Lord wants us to be prosperous and do great things. But so many of us put all the blessing and the curses or consequences on God when it is our actions or lack thereof that gets us there! It is our obedience that is rewarded and our disobedience that hinders!
In Daniel 6:3 the Scriptures state:
3 Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.
One translation says he had an EXCELLENT Spirit… Daniel set himself apart. Daniel made the decision to excel and he was rewarded.
Daniel would have never received favor from the leaders of the day had he not set his mind on going above and beyond…
Make a decision today to follow in the way of The Lord and present yourself in all you do with the mind of excellence!
Let’s keep the end in mind and vision in focus!
How can you portray different angles of your vision?
(some content taken from “A Leader’s Heart” by John Maxwell)