Clarity of vision is essential to all successful organizations. To have it, leaders must first seek God’s calling upon their lives. It’s tempting to want God to lay everything out for us at once. We all love the great Biblical stories of God reaching down from heaven to speak directly to his people. From Samuel to Mary, to Paul on the road to Damascus, these amazing accounts of God communicating vision with power and clarity can be found throughout the Bible. But the reality is, it’s often a process of God moving in our hearts, over time, to reveal his plan one piece at a time. This takes patience, commitment, and faith.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Daniel Floyd, senior pastor of Lifepoint Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Over the last 12 years, Daniel has led his church from a group of 50 to over 5,000 people at four separate sites. It’s clear to everyone that Daniel is doing exactly what God has called him to do. However, you may be surprised that this wasn’t always the case. It was only after God worked in Daniel’s heart over many years that this calling became clear. Here’s what Daniel told me:
After my undergraduate degree, I considered an MBA or a law degree and thought, you know, I'll be the best church member I can be and do something that creates a lot of income. And during that season God just arrested my heart, and I knew that ministry was where I was heading. In that season I told God, “I'll do ministry, but I just won’t be the senior pastor. I don't think that's me. I'm a good second-hand guy. I am a good executive. I'll take the vision and run with it. You know, I'll make the job happen.” And God just had other plans.
I knew this group of 50 people from previous ministry opportunities. They called and said, “Would you be our senior pastor?” And I said, “I'm not your guy.”
They called back a couple of weeks later and said, “At least talk to us.” So my wife and I went to meet with them. I told her on the way up that I'm going to paint a picture of what the church could look like and what it could do. It will be a life-giving place, reaching people and loving this community. I said that I don't know if they're going to go for it because some of them have a more traditional background. We get to the end of the meeting, and they said, “When can you start? We're ready to jump into this thing.”
When asked if there was a moment that he knew his calling, Daniel responded:
I don't have one of those like, I went down in a service and that is when I was called to ministry. It was a process of them affirming that in me.
God will reveal our calling to us based on His divine design. If we faithfully seek Him and His will, He will faithfully direct us into our calling.
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