After reading through the book of Deuteronomy, I was struck with how Moses casted vision. I have read through this amazing book many times, and I really love it. But, this time God focused my attention on the leadership of Moses especially in this area of vision. Here’s what struck me:
1. The Importance of Remembering
Vision is anchored in the past. Moses seems to tell the same stories over and over again to the Israelites. Stories of God deliverance in Egypt, sustaining them in the desert, their own disobedience and yet God’s continued blessing. Now, these are powerful stories, but Moses does not just give this speech once, he gives it multiple times. As I thought about it, our foundation for going forward in life is found in what God has already done for us. God has brought us out of slavery to sin, He has sustained our lives and blessed us beyond our wildest expectations. This allows us to go forward in confidence.
2. The Call to Remain in God’s Word
Moses is hard-core about the Law of God. He doesn’t hold back as he calls the people to know God’s Word, to teach God’s Word to their children, and to treat God’s Word with the utmost respect. Moses announces blessings for those who keep the Word and major curses for those who do not (I mean major curses, like may you and your family suffer the wrath of God, kind of curses). Moses is preparing them for when he is gone and they are in the Land. Every vision God gives will be rooted in His Word. God will never call us to something outside of His Word. Our call is to be planted (Psalm 1) in His Word and to Remain in Christ (John 15). As we do, God will bless as we follow Him.
3. The Excitement of Going Forward
Moses does an incredible job of painting an awesome picture of the Promised Land. Moses describes the land so well, he compels the people to go. These people are living in a desert and to hear Moses describe the land makes their mouths salivate. As a leader, we must always keep the vision of God before our people. Whether you are leading your family, a church or any organization. People must never grow complacent and settle for where they are, but they must know that God has even greater things in store. The best is yet to come! Vision helps people become all God intends.
Last week, I meet with a group of leaders from WinShape Camps (Chick-fil-a does an amazing job with raising up future leaders!). They wanted to talk about vision and to hear the story of God’s work here at Rolling Hills. We had a great time together! Afterwards, I reflected on our time and noticed how it followed this exact pattern = we reflected on what God has done, we focused on our call to simply stay obedient to Him, and we encouraged each other with the great things ahead! As you lead today, apply these principles of vision and watch what God will do!