Several weeks ago I was in an off-site staff meeting and I wrote down a scripture passage that I wanted to explore deeper. It concerned the selective nature of Jesus’ ministry.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere elseâ€”to the nearby villagesâ€”so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
Today at church, one of the points was “Sometimes a leader knows when to quit.” When your vision is clear and you know what what you’re after, that often means saying no to some really good things. It means putting an end to successful programs becasue it’s distracting from what is best or what the organization really needs to be doing.
Jesus had a crystal clear view of where he was going. The need was great. People were searching for him high and low. However, Jesus didn’t respond to the need. He said “let’s move on.” This is visionary leadership as opposed to reactionary leadership. Know where you’re going and know that it’s okay to quit the things that are keeping you from your best.
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