What We See
Leadership in Context with Keith Tucci
Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
The problem: Sheep without a shepherd
The solution: Laborers
Pastor Chris Hodges, founding and lead pastor of the Church of the Highlands, spoke about at our National Conference in February 2021. He drilled in on SEEING the people. He talked about having eyes to see. Leaders are people who see things that others don’t see.
“You’ll never have responsibility for what you don’t see.” –Pastor Chris Hodges
When God really gets you to see something, you take responsibility. The reason why I love the local church so much is that I see it, I get it. I see it in Scripture. I see what it is and what God wants it to be. I see what we could be. It has caused me to be in love with the local church, and I take responsibility for it.
What we take responsibility for, God gives us authority for. You will never have authority in the area you refuse to take responsibility in. As a man, you might have a position in your home, you might be called dad and husband, but you will never have the spiritual authority in those roles if you don’t take the responsibility for it. That applies to being a pastor of a church or a leader in a ministry.
Your authority is not in your title or even in your gifting. Your authority is that you drink from the cup of responsibility. That is a broken and weak position. You are a responsible party for something so far beyond your giftings and talents. Yet, when you do that, God is able to fill that cup and mend that brokenness with a flow of His authority. When you stand back, you know it’s God who is working.
What we see, we take responsibility for.
What we take responsibility for, God gives us authority for.
Those who do not accept that responsibility and don’t get that authority will never be able to impart or delegate to the degree that God wants them to. To be people who are true imparters and delegators, you have to see it, take responsibility for it, accept the authority for it, and with that comes the ability to give impartation.
The downriver of responsibility is creativity. When there is no creativity flowing, ultimately there is no responsibility happening. The good news is that it doesn’t have to happen through us. When you walk in responsibility and authority and you delegate it to someone, that person then gets creative ideas. The greatest plans and programs that have come out of my ministry have not come from me. They have come through me through impartation.
If you are not under authority, you’ll never get authority. If you aren’t under authority, you won’t be able to receive authority to go forth and do the works of God. Once you receive those works of God, then that is where the creativity happens.
Everyone’s job is not to do everything. Everyone’s job is to do something that God ordained them to do. We need team members.
Impart to others.
Are you seeing it, or are you just hearing it?
Join us next week as Keith Tucci continues to put leadership truth in the context of the local church. And as always, please like, share, rate/review, and invite others to listen. See you next week!