“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” Matthew 13:44-46
All leaders need a vision. Just as the blind called out to Jesus for sight, so to must leaders call out to God for a vision.
And like a “treasure” or a string of “fine pearls” a God-given vision is worth paying a high price to obtain.
What are you willing to do to obtain and God-given leadership vision or mission?
Know The Value of What You See
This man recognized he had discovered something of value. One needs to recognize that the vision or mission has been discovered—that it is from God. The value of the vision is not from the one who receives it or “discovers it, but from the One who gives it.
A Narrowed Down Desire
Not just any vision will do. Only one that comes from God is worth the cost. While many are the visions of man, only the God-given vision and mission is worth selling out for. It’s worth the wait and it’s worth the expense.
The merchant recognized that these pearls were “fine” in their quality and nature. It is important that a vision’s shape, purity, and size be carefully examined. The God-given vision will be of exceeding purity—in other words it will be Kingdom focused not worldly or fleshly formed. Its shape too will match the “setting” of the leader’s gifting, call, and heart. It will fit perfectly the leader that God created to carry this fine vision. The size will perfectly match what it is that God intends to accomplish.
A merchant searches expecting to find and then to pay the price. Leaders need to seek diligently for a God, to expect that God will uncover the vision, and then be prepared to do whatever it takes and to bear whatever expense to obtain a vision.
A leader must be open and not try to restrict the giver of the vision. It is not the leader’s role to create the God-given vision, that is God’s role alone. But it is the leader’s job to seek it. To dig until it is uncovered or unearthed. It is important to remember that a God-given vision is not one that will necessarily fit comfortably within a leader’s expectations or comfort zone. In fact, a leader should expect just the opposite.
It is important to remember that a God-given vision is not one that will necessarily fit comfortably within a leader’s expectations or comfort zone. In fact, a leader should expect just the opposite. God set’s the expectations, not the leader. Thankfully God also empowers the leader to meet those expectations.
It is one thing to seek a God-given vision, but it is all together something else to obediently pay the price to obtain it. The leader must be obedient to it. The vision is costly, but there is joy in the paying the price to obtain it. There is peace in the price when one knows who it is they are making payment to.
There are no half measures in obtaining a God-given vision. Once it has been discovered, a leader must go all in to obtain it and to achieve it. A leader must reflect and examine their life and leadership to determine what is taxing and distracting.
Surrender & Sacrifice It
A leader must be willing to surrender their pride, their glory, their earthly acclaim and surrender to God’s vision. This is part of the cost.
A fine pearl cannot be improved upon. A God-given vision cannot be improved upon as well. Once a leader sells, surrenders, and sacrifices for it, one can trust in the security of God’s promises that God’s will and vision will come to pass.
Remember- A Leaders Pays First
A leader cannot asks others to pay the cost of their vision if they have not first paid the cost themselves. It’s the difference between followers being committed to a vision or simply complying with the vision. A leader who has sold out and paid the price will attract followers who will do the same.