Hitting the long ball

I woke up this morning with vision on my mind.

A good buddy of mine, who just happens to be a pastor, is always preaching vision. And he is absolutely correct. A great leader’s ability to simplify their vision and mission into brief, understandable terms is a do-or-die type of situation. Or, as my bud says: “I’m smoking what I’m selling;” and he wants others to sample his wares.

Howver, it is a real talent to be able to communicate vision in such a way that the hearers easily assimilate and “buy into” it.

I’m passionate about what God is doing, and planning on doing, in Brasil. I often forget that I’ve been privy to the inner workings of the vision and assume that others will simply jump in with the same enthusiasm after just a few lines of description. It takes work to communicate what will appear as an impossibility to others.

I’ve been camping out in John’s gospel the last couple of months and studying both what Jesus said and what he did. He had an uncanny ability to communicate his vision in a spectacular way. Metaphors, parables, common-folk type of stuff — Jesus spoke and people listened.

However, the vast majority didn’t understand his vision. In fact, they killed him because of it!

To communicate well, you must deeply believe in what you’re doing—just as Jesus did. Jesus’ enthusiasm and commitment showed. He knew his ultimate vision, and everything he did was directed toward its accomplishment. His ability to express it completely captivated a handful of folks who went on to turn the world upside down.

It doesn’t matter what your vision is… is it contagious?

3 responses to “Hitting the long ball

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  2. Jesus’ vision could not be communicated apart from His Father’s imparting it. If its “my” vision perhaps I need to check out its origins to see where it came from. We mustn’t forget that Jim Jones “smoked what he sold,” or rather he “drank what the same Kool-Aid that he gave to others.”

  3. Hmmm… Jesus was the representation of the Father to the world (“seen me, seen the Father”); the Father only worked through the Son. There was no problem with the communication of the vision — the deception of the Evil One pulling the wool over the eyes of humans was the problem. They believed him, not Jesus, because his projection of reality appealed to the senses in a stronger, and more tangible way, than did the divine. We gave him that power and he uses it well… against us.

    Can folks have unholy visions? Absolutely! Check your vision against the handbook; if it checks out, it is probably legit. God wants a more much interactive relationship than we’ve been led to believe by organized religion (again, the deception of the Evil One). He (God) is not going to make it difficult — that’s what we do. Satan is the fellow who likes the little details and it is the little details that makes us willingly drink the Kool-Aid.

    Jimmy Jones simply took representational Christianity to its logical extension; there is no difference between the People’s Church and the Baptist Church (or any others; not picking on the Baptist individually) other than being more intentional. Divine vision doesn’t put “me” at the center of its operation.

    Anyone who has, and who can communicate, vision always runs a real risk of being “crucified” because of it.

    As the expression goes, its lonely at the top…

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