Leader, what is the direction of your affection? Is it inward, outward, or upward (Col 3:1-4)? Do you sometimes find your affection torn in different directions? Consider the caution that John gives us (1John 2:15-17). David, a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), expressed this struggle in Psalm 119:36-37. In your own words, pray back those verses to God.
Do you have a vision? How did you arrive at the vision? Notice the development of a vision in Matthew 9:35-38:
- See a need: “He saw” (Mat 9:36)
- Develop a burden: “moved with compassion” (Mat 9:36)
- Recognize the cause: “laborers are few” (Mat 9:37)
- Make a call to action: “therefore pray” (Mat 9:38)
To be a relevant leader, you must identify and meet real needs. Be observant. Let God give you a burden. Then seek His direction for a vision.