I had lunch today with a church planter, someone who is interested in beginning a new work in the Upstate. It was great to hear his vision and passion, his desire to be obedient with his life and to be willing to go wherever God calls. I am learning to value these times and it doesn’t seem like too long ago, I was sitting on his side of the table with the same hopes and dreams.
At one point in the conversation he asked me what I would do if I were in his position right now. That is always a loaded question and I try to be careful in responding. In a moment like that, an answer can build a bridge or burn one down.
I ended up responding with two ideas, two pieces of advice from my experience at ALIVE.
First, vision is the easy part of the process.
But vision is just a statement until it is supported by commitment and sacrifice. Commitment and sacrifice are where you find out if your vision sticks, if people believe in the vision God has given to you. Commitment and Sacrifice are what cause a vision to move from statement to significance. Commitment and Sacrifice are where the risk is, where obedience is required.