A Team Members Responsibility: Advancing the Vision
Excerpt from The 5 Responsibilities of a Team by John Grunewald
Leaders share vision and others are responsible to run with it. This must be a team effort to be effective for wider influence. It isn’t just accountability to the leader or even to the other team members, but each team member is also accountable to God to accomplish His Vision, Mandates and Assignments in His timing.
Wow, that seems like a lot doesn’t it? Maybe… but He doesn’t require we do it in our own strength either.
What does it take to achieve a vision? Habakkuk 2:1-4 tells us.
1) I will stand my watch
And set myself on the rampart,
And watch to see what He will say to me,
And what I will answer when I am corrected.
2) Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
3) For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.
4) “Behold the proud,
His soul is not upright in him;
But the just shall live by his faith.
Verse 2 brings in the responsibility of the leader to make the Vision as clear as possible by writing or recording it where it can be seen and heard by others. Team members should certainly be more than a little familiar with the vision of the organization and leader. Why? So they can run with it to see it fulfilled!
Here’s another biblical example. In the following verses in Exodus 31, it is part of a number of chapters talking about the temporary tabernacle God wants built. It is a type and shadow of the church to come. As a young Christian reading my Bible I couldn’t understand why these chapters were even in the Bible. I had read and heard that the Bible was inspired writings by many authors… but if there was anything supernatural about these chapters it was escaping me.
1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
2 “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.
3 And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
Personal opinion – I think this is where the Apostle Paul came up with what he said in Colossians 1:9; So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.
Paul was not only praying for the church at Colassae, he was praying for you and I. We aren’t building a temporary tabernacle but we are building the church, the Body of Christ.
How much more important is our assignment? How much more would we need to be filled with the knowledge of His will and have spiritual understanding?
4 to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze,
5 in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship.
6 “And I, indeed I, have appointed with him Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and I have put wisdom in the hearts of all the gifted artisans, that they may make all that I have commanded you:
7 the tabernacle of meeting, the ark of the Testimony and the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furniture of the tabernacle—
8 the table and its utensils, the pure gold lampstand with all its utensils, the altar of incense,
9 the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the laver and its base—
10 the garments of ministry,[a] the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons, to minister as priests,
11 and the anointing oil and sweet incense for the holy place. According to all that I have commanded you they shall do.”
Moses was to lead and others were to help carry the vision. They were anointed for it! This wasn’t just man’s vision of a glorious tabernacle to be built, it was God’s. Ask yourself this question: What am I building? What vision am I helping fulfill?
When we all do our part, the Church is being built.