Characteristics of effective Vision – Part 1
John 20:21 – So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you
Luke 9:62 – And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Please be aware that not all visions succeed. The reason being, it lacks or have lost the tool to make it effective. God gives us vision but it is our responsibility to develop certain qualities and characteristics to match the vision in order to make it effective in our lives and community. For example, after I received the vision of this ministry, I knew that I was not equipped to undertake such a great task though I have received Christ and baptised in the Holy Ghost. I did not have the technical know-how, I had not acquired the administrative skills requisite for such a task and I did not know how to pastor myself talk less of pastoring others. Therefore, after the vision was given to me I sought to be trained and mentored by someone who had and is succeeding in a vision similar to mine, so as to succeed in my God given vision.
For a vision to be effective and impactful certain attributes are essential. A vision that has clarity, urgency, importance and size grabs the attention and allegiance of the people. Some of the characteristics of an effective vision are as follows: God inspired, specific, transferable, measurable, imaginable, desirable, feasible, focused, flexible and communicable. It should have clarity, brevity, challenge, future orientation, stability and desirability and inspiration. As I indicated in my previous writings that God had already made the plan before He created us. It was after He finished His plan that he made a man/woman to match and fulfil the plan. The discovery of that plan is what is called vision. Embarking on that vision is called mission. But to embark on this vision effectively it needs to be accompanied by certain attributes. When a vision is effectively communicated it results in growth and fulfilment.
A vision must be God inspired. From the above scripture you will see that our Lord Jesus was sent by God to carry out the work of redemption for us. So also, for our vision to be effective in this kingdom, it must be commanded by the King. Do not run when God has not commanded because it would only result in pain and waste of resources.
A vision must be focused and specific. You will see that the purpose of Christ on earth was very clear to all. It was also very brief and to the point. For example when you think of Coke you think of a refreshing and thirst quenching drink. When you think of Nike you think of sportswear. When you think of Jesus you think of total salvation. When people think of you what comes to mind?
For further study:
Personal declaration for the day:
I will make the vision for my life effective by acquiring the required skills.
Questions for you to reflect on:
What character do you need to develop to make your vision effective?