Bigger Than You – Part 4
“The following blog post is an excerpt from a new book by Errol Lawson called “The 5 Core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders”. Errol is a business coach, best-selling author and youth pastor. The book is written primarily for the Christian community but readers from all beliefs can gain great insights from his writings.”
PRINCIPLE #4: IT LIVES BEYOND YOU
Why have Jon’s books and events resonated so powerfully with so many people? In part, it’s because he offered an understandable message that everyone—regardless of their age or background—could easily relate to some point in their lives.
1 Chronicles 17: 3-4, NIV
“But that night the word of God came to Nathan, saying: ‘Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: You are not the one to build me house to dwell in.”
That had to sting! Rather than becoming bitter that he would never see the Temple God had shown him, however, David offered up a prayer of thanks:
1 Chronicles 17: 3-4, NIV
“And now, Lord, let the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house be established forever. Do as you promised, so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty, the God over Israel, is Israel’s God!’”
Much of the time, we feel like a failure if we don’t see our plans come to fruition during our lifetime. On a certain level, that impulse is totally understandable: there’s nothing wrong with wanting to see the results of our hard work and dedication. But sometimes a vision’s longevity is actually the measure of its greatness. The Temple was one of the most important institutions of Israelite culture: it was the heart of the people’s spiritual life, the issuance of God’s voice, and a beautiful foreshadowing of Christ’s future work in our hearts. Count yourself uniquely blessed if you have been given a vision of similar scope and range.
“It’s impact, it’s producing a harvest, it’s planting a seed,” Jon said. “I may not see the result, but you truly believe and know that a harvest is coming down the road. Somehow, someway, God will produce it. It’s not about you getting recognition or reward.” The vision bestowed on you may not see fulfillment during your generation, or for many generations yet to come. That means that it is a revolutionary idea!
“I believe that God doesn’t pick the best,” Jon told me. “He picks the most willing. If you’re willing, He’ll mold you and shape you to make an impact and do His work. I believe that comes from knowing your purpose.” Have you made yourself available to God? Have you followed His will? Have you trusted Him with your life? Then you can rest knowing that you have made the impact God envisioned for you. In the end, the fulfillment of your vision lies in God’s capable hands. When you’ve done all that you can, rest in the knowledge of His perfect will.
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