Monday, September 1, 2014

Collective Vision

People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.  -John C. Maxwell

There wasn't a better leader in human history than Jesus.  One way this is true is that Jesus helped others see themselves in His vision, The Good News.  Here’s how.  Jesus’ vision wasn’t just good for Himself, but it was good to Peter and John as well.  They were fishermen and Jesus spoke their language by saying, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19).  In that Jesus’ vision went from being “my” vision to “our” vision, and from then on Peter and John spread the Good News everywhere.  They were eventually even willing to die for this vision.  Leaders, whenever you are casting vision you must always help your constituents see themselves in the vision simply because people ask, “How does this involve me?” Cast vision containing this critical element and you’ll likely have a big crew following you.   

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13, ESV).

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