3 critical principles are found in that one quote –
A leader must be convinced of calling and vision by having a clear picture of what he/she is charged by God to do – because multitudes of voices will attempt to alter it to fit their ideas and agendas. Clear conviction and proven confidence in the God who gave the vision must drown out all the other voices.
Jesus knew “The Cross” was in the plan for him. The disciples couldn’t even imagine it – because such a demonstration of defeat couldn’t be a part of their scheme of what the Kingdom was supposed to look like. “Not so, Lord!” Jesus looked at Peter, one of his closest confidants one day and had to say, “Get behind me Satan! You are a hindrance to me.” You just don’t get it. (Matthew 16:21-23)
One must have a good assessment of what it’s going to cost – and then be willing to pay the price by living it out in practice. There’s the rub. It’s too easy to tell everyone else what he needs to do. It’s something entirely different to commit to doing it. But then, that’s the difference between wise and foolish men. (Luke 6:46-49) Both HEARD the words of Jesus– but only the wise man put them into practice. When the storms hit, the foundations were revealed. That’s what storms do – they show what otherwise is never seen – the strength of a foundation, the integrity of past decisions, the character of private life.
Knowing the way and going the way is most of the challenge, but if we intend to have a lasting impact, touching generations beyond our own, we have to commit to the task of showing the next generation “how to.” Nothing beats Jesus pattern for demonstration. He personified it entirely. He’s the only one who can ever say, “I am the way!” (John 14:6). He knows it, goes it and shows it! That’s what a master does – he builds disciples. In the end, they become like the teacher. (Matthew 10:25) Jesus DID it. Jesus DID it and the disciples watched. The disciples DID it and Jesus watched. Finally, the disciples DID it. Multiplication has taken place.
Paul said in Philippians 4:9 (ESV) “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me–practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” We must know it, go it and show it! Let’s get after it!