The Grounding of Vision (part eight)
The grounding of vision is the Word of God. Nothing else will do.
Jesus said this about religious leaders who anchored their vision in their own ideas: “They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules. You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions…You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions… Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.” [Mk 7:7-9,13]
It seems it’s become popular to play fast and loose with the Word of God in our day. Whole systems within Christendom have decoupled themselves from God’s Word, promulgating views grounded in popular culture and political correctness.
Now, if you’re Apple or GE or Procter & Gamble, I get it. Flex with the times, move with the market, that sort of thing.
But a Christian leader has another calling and concern.
Jesus put it this way: “…I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me… I always do what pleases him.” [Jn 8:28b, 29b]
If anyone’s in a position to trust his or her own instincts it’d be the Son of God.
Yet, Jesus willingly submitted himself to the word and will of the Father.
He expects the same from us: “There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.” [Jn 12:48-50]
A psalmist concluded: “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” [Ps 119:105]
“Just what the Father has taught me…”
Working with churches across the country, there’s often a vocal minority whose vision is for the Church to focus on the care and comfort of her members. Though it can’t be defended biblically, this view is so prevalent that it’s led to the dismissal of pastors, the diminution of budding spiritual vitality, and discontinuing fruitful ministry to many outside the Church.
See, the grounding of vision is the Word of God. And nothing else will do.
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