Often in the Shepherd’s Care weekly posting, we have pointed to the necessity of character and integrity in ministry. I want to use today’s post to connect that conviction with our exploration of vision.
In My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers put it simply: “Vision depends on character” (March 26). He was commenting on Jesus’ beatitude, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
Thinking about this, I have been drawn into the familiar parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). Looking at the intersection of vision and character, I find three things here to ponder, and I invite you to do the same….
(1) Who we are determines what we see.
(2) What we care about determines what we see.
(3) What we pay attention to determines what we see.
Being, caring, and attentiveness are all products of character. Our integrity will determine what all three elements mean and how they are expressed. The parable shows this clearly.
Sadly, too much building of the Kingdom is actually “kingdom building” by ego-driven leaders—by leaders whose character shapes their conduct. And that shape begins in the way leaders receive, interpret, and implement visions.
It is a terrible thing to realize that God can give an authentic vision, but in passing through us, it becomes perverted, caricatured and counterfeited.
Our first move is not to pray to be a “visionary leader,” but rather to be a leader to whom a vision can be given and not be messed up!