This is the first post in a series called “Leadership Principles from the Bible.”
Principle: Christian leaders are visionary leaders.
“Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’” Genesis 12:1-3
Christian leaders are visionary leaders, but their vision comes from God. God called Abraham to leave behind everything that he knew, to include his family. God called him to trust and obey God’s vision—a vision for God’s kingdom. God promised Abraham that He would make out of Abraham’s seed a great nation, and through that nation all other nations in the world would be blessed. The promise is that God would redeem the nations by the death, burial, and resurrection of His only Son, Jesus Christ.
There are five points that we can learn from Abraham’s visionary journey:
- The vision grew out of his relationship with God—as Abraham walked with God, his relationship with God grew and so did the vision.
- The vision moved him out of his comfort zone—Abraham left all that he knew to go where God was leading him. Abraham had no clue as to where he was going, but the vision that God gave him moved him to leave his family, his country, and his pagan lifestyle (Acts 7:3).
- The vision moved him to trust in God’s faithfulness in the face of unanswered questions—God told Abraham that He would make Abraham’s seed a great nation, but Abraham had no son by which this promise could be revealed (Acts 7:5; Hebrews 11:8).
- The vision moved him to make significant lifestyle changes—Abraham left behind all that he knew and dwelt in a foreign land living in tents, all for the promise of a “city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10).
- The vision moved him to take risks with confidence—Abraham obeyed God when God told him to sacrifice Isaac, because Abraham had confidence that God would resurrect Isaac since He was the promised seed through whom God’s vision would be realized—the vision of a future seed that would redeem mankind from sin (Hebrews 11:17-19).
Are you a visionary leader like Abraham? Does your vision originate from God?
(Ideas derived from: Biblical Models for Leadership by Dr. Elmer L. Towns)