Over the course of the last week I heard it said, “A person without a vision is a person without a future. A person without a future will always return to their past.”* Undoubtedly, vision is critically important! Vision prevents wandering and prolonged questioning, and provides hope about the days ahead.
Every organization needs leaders who have clear vision and clearly communicate that vision. In one of our previous Leadership Insights posts, Rick Betenbough said that having a compelling vision is one of the three most important traits of a leader. What does that mean, however, in view of a Kingdom business?
When placed in a Kingdom context, vision takes on a different function. No longer is it focused primarily on where the organization is going or what it is doing, but rather who is involved.
In a Kingdom business, vision is all about people. When a leader humbly engages with the people in his organization on an ongoing basis, he fulfills a large part of his calling as Kingdom leader. In God’s Kingdom, people are the most valued organizational assets, and are thus the key component of vision. When leaders truly see employees for who they are, and not simply as tools to achieve an outcome, those employees are empowered and the organization flourishes!
In Matthew’s gospel, chapter nine, we learn of a man sitting at a table, in what would be a modern-day tax office. The Scripture tells us that Jesus saw him and engaged with him personally. Upon being asked to follow Him, Matthew stood up and became part of the Kingdom vision of Jesus!
When we surrender our lives to the lordship of Jesus Christ, Scripture teaches us that we receive the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Our efforts to see and engage with people then have the opportunity to be influenced and impacted by Jesus Christ! We, too, can demonstrate Kingdom vision!
How can you demonstrate Kingdom Vision inside your organization?
- As a leader, when is the last time you took an inventory of the people in your organization? Do each of them know that you care about them?
- Do you see and engage with people as a primary function of your vision?
- What are some ways in which you can ensure that every employee is experiencing regular, personal engagement?
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*Quote from Tom Deuschle at Heaven in Business conference, Redding, CA