“A knife cuts because it has a narrow focus” (Cleddie Keith)
Let me start by asking two critical questions. As you read this, what is your vision for the ministry? or better said what vision has God entrusted you with for the ministry or movement you are a part of?
I am seeing the vision develop as I journey longer and deeper into what God has called me to do with Go Live Dare. I have also realized many leaders who have been entrusted with a God sized vision is laser focused on keeping the vision at the forefront, of the movement. What is your mission statement for you personally, or what is the mission statement of your church, ministry or movement. ” Our statement , “we seek to energize the church to mobilise their youth to gospelize their world. We need to have a lazer focus on this mission for what we hope to achieve across South Africa and into Africa.
Those who focus better achieve more. In the words of Bruce Lee, “The successful warrior is the average person with laser-like focus.” Remember the networking event? Laser-like focus gets you to your goal faster, whether it’s pitching that prospect, setting up the right structure for your startup, or anything else. Chris Winfield from Entrepreneur magazine states,” Is it better to pursue several goals in parallel? The Talmud teaches “Tafasta merubeh, lo tafasta,” Hebrew for “Embrace too much, end up empty-handed.” Perhaps that’s why Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs all say that focus was the key to their success. They each decided what their most important goal was and pursued it single-mindedly. Concerned you can’t focus like that? This attention test video should prove you can.
Let us take a look at the lazer focus of Jesus.
NLT “Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” John 19:28
Jesus knew what His mission was, he was laser focused on his goal to fulfill the Scriptures foretold. Jesus Christ was therefore ‘flesh’. Born a man. He lived a life in which he was tempted to sin like all other men – yet unlike all other men he had the power to resist the temptations of the flesh. He overcame these natural impulses and lived a perfect life of obedience. He is the only man to have ever lived who ‘did no sin’ (1 Peter 2:22). He fulfilled God’s will perfectly so that he was “the image of the invisible God” Col 1:15 and could say to his followers “he that hath seen me hath seen the father” John 14:9. – See more at: http://www.the-gospel-truth.info/bible-teachings/jesus-christ-his-true-purpose-and-mission/#sthash.SIcAH7DL.dpuf
What [does] it mean to be just like Jesus? The world has never known a heart so pure, a character so flawless. His spiritual hearing was so keen he never missed a heavenly whisper. His mercy so abundant he never missed a chance to forgive. No lie left his lips, no distraction marred his vision. He touched when others recoiled. He endured when others quit. Jesus is the ultimate model for every person… God urges you to fix your eyes upon Jesus. Heaven invites you to set the lens of your heart on the heart of the Savior and make him the object of your life. Just Like Jesus (Max Lucado)
Once when Jesus told his disciples that he would suffer and die, Peter cried out, “Never, Lord! This shall never happen to you!” (Matt. 16:22, NIV et al.). No doubt he spoke for the Twelve. If I had walked with Jesus then, Peter would have spoken for me as well. But Jesus sharply rebuked Peter. He would not be turned aside from his mission. Luke wrote, “As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). Michael Card
Every day of his adult life stretched out ahead of him like a narrow road. More than anyone else he knew that the script for his life had already been written across the pages of the Old Testament. As he made his way toward Golgotha, with every step he knew—detail for detail, agony by agony—how it would end and what it would cost.
Satan tried his utmost for 40 days to distract Jesus and put Him off his mission, Matthew, Mark, and Luke tell us in their gospel accounts that Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness. Mark states it most emphatically: “The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness” (Mark 1:12). Jesus knew His mission and vision, and satan in the same sense continually tries to trap us and ensnare us with distraction. We are living in a digitally distracted world, ( I deal with this in the next point). Jesus simply knew the Father’s will and was fulfilling His Father’s will and purpose for humanity as well as fulfilling the Scriptures so that he can come and save us all. Jesus’ love has driven him, his absolute love for us. His mission was simply a love mission, that has given everyone the opportunity to come to Him.
“God did not create you to live a distracted life. God created you to live a Jesus-infused life.” (Unknown)
“Don’t let the noise of the world keep you from hearing the voice of the Lord.” (Unknown)
Mark 4:19 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.
Many youth pastors and leaders are going to have a huge challenge as we move forward, the challenge will be to move a visually distracted generation towards Christ, and helping them focus on God’s mission for them. We need to fix our eyes on the call of our lives of making disciples and living out the priorities of Jesus. We need to become more laser focused on Energizing this generation and the local church to be more passionate about their mission to mobilize teens to ultimately become a tool. We need to reach this generation for this generation by equipping them to Gospelize their friends, this is our focus at Go Live Dare, as we seek to live out the values. A very good friend of mine and great youth Pastor in Johannesburg Pastor Mark Tittley http://www.ymresourcer.com/ says ultimately for teens to take on the DNA of Jesus its us living it out and doing life on life discipleship with them. I believe that this priority will really help a distracted generation. We need to adapt and become digitally relevant to reach a distracted generation.
Interesting article to read http://Moving a distracted generation toward Christ Discipling the Hyper-Connected: moving a distracted generation toward Christ Written by: Republished with permission from LeadershipJournal.net
Our vision is the mission of Jesus. Jesus has called us to be obedient to the Cause that he modelled and lived, the greatest cause! I know we seem to know our cause, but ultimately at the end of the day, what is the purpose of missions, and what is the ultimate goal? This is the question we need to chase down, wrestle and find our God given purpose in the call. One of the best articles and most life changing articles was from a textbook we used in Bible college, called Perspectives on the World Christian Movement by Ralph D. Winter (Author) especially on mission with God as well as God is a missionary God by John Stott. We need to know His mission as well as living out his mission. I can give you an a-z on the how to of NOT being distracted, but ultimately we need the living DNA of His mission in our lives.
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