In the heart of every leader is a desire and vision, the thing that drives them forward. Vision will push a leader to take bold risks, make string statements and call people to action. More than anything, as leaders we must take steps of faith in pursuing that vision.
So often, our "steps of faith" become the theoretical measure for our relationship with God. The bigger the steps, the more we love God! In reality, if our faith and vision are not grounded properly, then all those steps of faith do is display our love of self!
The key to success however, is that the vision finds its very core in God's will. If that vision is not birthed, and grounded in God's will, it is destined to fail. The failure is not truly in the vision, but the heart of the leader. At the heart of every leader, we need to desperately seek to understand faith.
I believe that many of us have failed to truly understand the concept of faith!
The Bible never defines what faith is, it simply tells us what it looks like in action and where is should be based. (See Hebrews 11:1, Ephesians 2:8 and Romans 10:17)
We, as leaders, often build a vision and plan based on our motives and desires. We long to be successful. But, we often define success by the world's standards, the religious standards and the standards of the people around us. We, if we are honest, often look last at what God has called us to! As a result we have made faith and vision about ourselves, and not God. We have placed faith in our vision, our plans and our desires. It becomes more often about building big, vibrant and notable ministries, than on building disciples as Jesus asked! (Truth is, if we really build disciples, the ministry will grow!) But we struggle with the belief that God can do it without our help, our vision and our work. Nothing could be further from the truth!
I believe A.W. Tozer says it best, "Faith is not in itself a meritorious act; the merit is in the One toward Whom it is directed. Faith is a redirecting of our sight, and getting our of the focus of our own vision and getting God into focus. Sin has twisted our vision inward and made it self-regarding. Unbelief has put self where God should be, and is perilously close to the sin of lucifer who said, "I will set my throne above the throne of God." Faith looks out instead of in and the whole life falls into line."