Our church made a decisive shift from a traditional church to a house of prayer. The change did not happen overnight but it did put us in waters that we were (and still are) unfamiliar with.
Discovering what this will look like in the end is a bit challenging. Yet a valuable lesson is being birthed through the process.
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 in the end. That’s OK. Be confident in the fact that it’s God leading you whether you have all of the plans or just know the first step.
You Don’t Have to Have it all Figured Out
I recently taught a workshop on “Shifting a Church Culture into a House of Prayer Reality” at our Convergence Conference. I simply shared with the leaders our current journey and how we are humbly figuring things out as we go.
Great questions were coming from these leaders on just how we can help them make the same transition in their own environments. I knew I was stumped.
I spent the next hour trying to hammer out some amazing transferable principles but only came up with one. That’s right, one. How’s that for equipping leaders with an amazing strategy?
I failed to give them information they were looking for because I did not have it yet to give (but they all loved the workshop).
Thank God for Abraham
What if someone asked Abram about his strategy to build a nation from, well, nothing. 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 goes not knowing where he’s really going! All he has is a direction.
Abraham builds from a place of faith and obedience. His identity and purpose become clear in the course of the journey not on the front-end of it.
As he is being with God he is becoming what God intends. God is more focused on building Abraham then building 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 so important to NOT have it all figure out.
Be What You’re Becoming
Sometimes vision is simply the call to something and then setting out in obedience to do it.
How are you going to build it? What is it going to look like?
What’s your 2 year strategy? 5 years? 10 years?
I don’t know!
Sometimes you just won’t have one. You’re not being lazy but learning dependence. This creates the tension that keeps you extra close with the Lord. A good thing! As I do this I be what I am becoming. Just like Abraham.
9 Practical Things To Do
Here is what I am learning. This can apply across the board. Whether it is your church, ministry, business or a project you’re launching. It all counts. Hope this helps.
- Start moving. You might not have the full 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 His heart.
- You’re going to make mistakes. Gasp. Now exhale. 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. Keep in mind that Abram landed in the Hall of Faith by simply hearing, obeying and being what he was becoming. You will do the same.
Have you ever faced this before? What has been your experience? What do you agree/disagree with? Questions? You can leave a comment below.