Why It's So Important NOT to Have It All Figured Out
Some things the Lord asks us to do are only revealed as we walk it out. It's not clear yet just how things will be done or what it will all look like. That's OK. Be confident that it's God leading you, whether you have all of the plans or just know the first step.
Thank God for Abraham
What if someone asked Abram about his strategy to build a nation from nothing but a promise. What specific plan did the All-Knowing, All-Powerful God tell him?
Ready, here it is.
Genesis 12:1 "...go to the land I will show you".
How's that for a breathtaking, earth-shattering strategic plan?
What did Abraham do?
Hebrews 11:8 "By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, **even though he did not know where he was going.**"
He starts with one step. All he has is a promise and direction.
Abraham steps out from a place of faith and obedience. His identity and purpose become clear in the journey.
Abraham becomes what God intends through simple obedience. If God builds Abraham, He builds a nation. The journey makes this possible!
The tension of not knowing things keeps us in relationship and makes us dependent.
This is why it's essential to NOT have it all figured out all the time.
Be What You're Becoming
Sometimes vision is simply the call to something and then setting out in obedience to accomplish it.
How are you going to build it? What is it going to look like?
What's your 2-year strategy? 5-year? 10-year?
Sometimes, we just don't know. But we know God is in it.
You're not being lazy but learning about dependence. This creates the tension that keeps you extra close with the Lord. A good thing! As we move forward, we become what God has envisioned. Just like Abraham.
9 Practical Things To Do
Here are nine things I've learned to do. This can apply across the board. Whether it is your church, ministry, business, or a project you're launching. It all counts. I hope this helps.
Start moving. You might not have the entire plan but get going.
Understand that it's OK to have only a few things figured out. There is nothing wrong with you (especially if you are a leader). It's how God is choosing to work this time around.
Don't feel the pressure to have all the answers. Like me, sometimes you will just have one (at least for now).
Intentionally, spend more time with the Lord and never stop asking for direction regarding the next move.
Submit yourself to godly counsel. There is wisdom from mature leaders who are looking from the outside in.
Trust that the decisions you make are in-line with God's heart.
You're going to make mistakes—breath in, breath out. Lower the expectation to be perfect. ;)
Learn to live in the tension. It keeps you dependent.
Keep a journal. Document what you are learning.
Enjoy the journey. Remember that Abram landed in the Hall of Faith by simply hearing, and obeying. Sometimes, this is all that’s needed.
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