A Fusion Leadership Minute: Do You Carry The Message in Your Heart?
Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV) Then the LORD answered me and said: "Write the vision, and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.
"In all this Cuban business there is one man stands out on the horizon of my memory like Mars at Perihelion. When war broke out between Spain and the United States, it was very necessary to communicate quickly with the leader of the insurgents. García was somewhere in the mountain fastnesses of Cuba—no one knew where. No mail nor telegraph message could reach him. The President must secure his cooperation, and quickly.
What to do!
Someone said to the President, “There’s a fellow by the name of Rowan will find García for you, if anybody can.”
Rowan was sent for and given a letter to be delivered to García. How “the fellow by the name of Rowan” took the letter, sealed it up in an oilskin pouch, strapped it over his heart, in four days landed by night off the coast of Cuba from an open boat, disappeared into the jungle, and in three weeks came out on the other side of the island, having traversed a hostile country on foot and delivered his letter to García, are things I have no special desire now to tell in detail.
The point I wish to make is this: McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be delivered to García; Rowan took the letter and did not ask, “Where is he at?” By the Eternal! there is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze and the statue placed in every college of the land. It is not book learning young men need, nor instruction about this and that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies; do the thing—“Carry a message to García!”
What you just read is the famous story of Rowan, a messenger who "took the letter, sealed it up in an oilskin pouch, (and) strapped over his heart..."
When we look at the calling we have been given, both individually and collectively, leaders like no one else, have to carry the vision of the house close to their heart. It is entrusted to you and me, to know the vision, to embody the vision, and to impart the vision to others.
...leaders like no one else, have to carry the vision of the house close to their heart. - Doug Burroughs
The Lord has instructed us to make the vision plain...
The Lord has been convicting me about communicating His vision for our house. At the conclusion of this Leadership Minute Blog, I will provide for you part of a larger document, in which I began to dream with God about who we were called to be and what that looked like in our world.
Our motto, which embraces as a foundation both our mission and vision, is, "On Earth as it is in Heaven". Simply put, what ever is in heaven that is not found on earth, and visa versa, whatever is on earth that is not found in heaven, we are called to release the culture of heaven through a demonstration and proclamation of the Kingdom.
Jesus was a "word-worker". He declared the kingdom of God as a reality, not a concept, and then proceeded to demonstrate what that kingdom was in healing, deliverance, raising the dead, causing the blind to see, the lame walk and more. He showed the kingdom in the miracle of the feeding of both the five thousand and the four thousand. He demonstrated it in His interactions with the woman at the well, the woman taken in adultery, Zaccheus, and the Roman Centurion.
Since He is the King of the kingdom, He carried the atmosphere, the culture of the kingdom everywhere He went. He has commissioned us to do the same as His ambassadors. (2 Corinthians 5) He ceded working authority to us in His commissioning of us. We are representatives of the kingdom of God ready to release the kingdom's benefits and dominion in every situation of life.
That's who we are at Fusion, a gathering of Kingdom people with a mission of three parts:
First, and foremost: We gather as lovers of God and His presence We minister to God first. It is why we were created. The worship and engagement in intimacy of God is our present and eternal passion and priority. There is nothing greater than to worship Him. We seek new ways of expression and seeking, singing and demonstration of our worship. We love risking and being laid down at His feet to choose the better part.
Second, to raise up and release reformational revivalists as powerful disciples of Jesus We minister to one another in love and care, and encourage each other to become disciples of Jesus, doing what He did and what He commanded us to do, (Matthew 28:18-20). The making of a disciple is basically the unveiling of a reformational revivalist. Reformational, in that they change and shape every arena they enter into, affecting the very governmental order of systems, dreaming with God out of His goodness. (Colossians 1) Revivalists, in that every person is a carrier of the original flame of the Holy Spirit and His mission to reveal Jesus and see the Spirit poured out on all flesh to come into a vital relationship with Jesus. (Acts 2)
Third, we have been commissioned by Jesus to demonstrate & proclaim the kingdom of God We minister, in Jesus' name to a world that He paid for! This was Jesus’ first word and His last (Mark 1:15 and Acts 1:3,4). The kingdom is why the Church exists. It is the domain of the Godhead and our starting and ending place. The kingdom is all that God has come to do through Jesus (Isaiah 61 and Luke 4) and our message as well. We are royally commissioned ambassadors - 2 Corinthians 5!
So, what is our Vision as Fusion?
We are creating an environment in which the newly redeemed and reformational revivalists gather together to worship, are equipped (training and mending) to do kingdom works, celebrate one another in real life and are released to a life of kingdom connectedness and purpose, dreaming with God. Our goal is to see people come to Christ and His kingdom, and thereby crime rates to drop, business and commerce flourish, families to become solid, stable and vibrant, justice and life flowing from government, life and goodness coming from the arts, media and education, and where science and technology reflect the discovery, wonder and transmittal of the secrets of the kingdom hidden for us. We exist to see churches planted, peoples and countries reached and more worshippers added to the song of Jesus!
This is what excites me! This is why I will endure any hardship, any obstacle, to see Jesus revealed through His kingdom. This is what we are called to. We will explore the "how" together, seeking the Lord in prayer, through promises and prophetic words and declarations, and at the center of it all, give ourselves freely and foremost to minister to Him in heart connected worship and love.
Is this your vision as well? This is our track, our mission, our direction. Let's run with this mission and vision to the future God has given us. Remember this in Habakkuk, speaking of the vision:
Habakkuk 2:3 (NKJV) 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.
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