tart with a Survey – To Receive your Inheritance!
Joshuatold the leaders: “Pick out from among you three men for each tribe, and I will send them; they shall rise and go through the land, survey itaccording to their inheritance, and come back to me” (Jos.18:4).
God brought the Israelites to the Promised Land. They had won the battles, but were settling on the wrong side of the Jordan – neglecting to claim their inheritance and fulfill the plan of God. Now their leader had to command action. Joshua told the men to go walk the land, survey it and come back with a written report! When they returned, everyone received their allotted inheritance with their designated parcel of land – and finally moved into the Promised Land.
The foundation of a dream or vision should begin with an accurate Survey of our Inheritance:
What has God given us to do?
- Who has He called us to serve?
- Where we are best suited to fulfill our calling?
- What will it take to get there?
- What do we do when we arrive?
- How will we maintain it?
Designed to Prosper: The tribes of Israel were families with designated areas to live and work in – so they would prosper. Our dream or vision is comprised of a designated area God has arranged for us with designated people to work with – so we may prosper and accomplish His purposes.
Jesus said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49). Jesus knew his business was to bring salvation to the Jews and demonstrate the Father’s love. Jesus knew who he was and what he was to do and where he was to do it – and nothing would deter him from fulfilling his goal.
The fulfillment of the dream requires a self-examination; a survey to know who we are and what we are capable of doing and what wetruly believe about God and His role in our life. “For without faith it is impossible to please God, he is rewarder of those who diligently seek him” (Heb.11:6).
A personal survey must be based in facts and reality, not fantasy.
To see and know the truth about our life often requires help from experts; other leaders and mentorswho can see what we cannot see about our own life. Others typically see us differently than we see ourselves. Many times we don’t realize how anointed our gifts are and how much fruit we are bearing – because we are too focused on the issues at hand or think we aren’t doing as much as we should or could. Some are truly deceived and think more highly of themselves than they really are.
Adjustments need to be made.
Bridges to Nowhere: There are real projects called “The Bridge to Nowhere.” These are ideas that apolitician gets funding for to bring money into an area to create jobs for a project that isn’t really needed. They dream up something to create work – without an effective purpose. Or they begin the work, without counting the cost to complete it or taking into account the regulations they must comply with to finish the job.
I have heard a lot of dreams and visions that wind up in the trash can. I have seen a lot of ministry ideas started without an effective strategy and plans to accomplish the goals. They usually end up that way when the dreamer does not want advice, counsel or mentoring. And they have not done the first thing – a survey of the viability of the dream; is it capable of succeeding? Is it God’s timing? Is it for them to do or someone else?
Three to agree: Remember, Joshua sent three men from each tribe – each had a different perspective, but with the same goal to achieve their inheritance; they had to agree As One. The Father, Son and Holy Ghost each give us a perspective that aligns with the inheritance God has prepared for us to achieve. “A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel” (Pro.1:5). Don’t go to war without sound advice. Don’t build a bridge to nowhere.
I see many people who go nowhere because they don’t have enough understanding about who they are and what they are designed to do by God. God gives each one of us gifts and abilities for a specific purpose: “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all…” (1 Cor.12:7).
Understanding and developing the Spiritual Gifts is essential for all LeaderAchievers to function at their best and fulfill their dream/vision. I know leaders who are better at pastoring or serving because of their mercy gift – than at leading a network of apostles. I know leaders who are better at teaching – than pastoring people. Too many people envy what others do or have and want to be like them. Everyone suffers when a leader is trying to function in the wrong area.
The spiritual gifts are found in Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10; 28-30 and Ephesians 4:11. There are books and online tests that reveal more about our spiritual gifts – but one of the greatest indicators is experience.What do you do that bears fruit? What are you known for? How would others describe you? It’s often difficult to see ourselves accurately. Find a mentor and ask what they see. Then ask them how to develop your gifts and where you would best fit to gain experience and achieve your God-given destiny.
Survey your motivations: Joseph had dreams and visions that took him to Pharaoh’s court – after many years of humbling experiences. We need to Survey our Motivations to be sure they align with God’s plan for our lives. Many are trying to fit into a pattern they think they want to be or to please others. Some base their decisions on whether they will make a lot of money or have prestige or a high position. Many get into the works of the flesh instead of by faith and confidence in God’s plan. Surveying our motivations is very important to God.
The Apostle Paul desired that “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may knowwhat is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints” (Eph. 1:18).
Survey your personality: I also think the DISC test is great or Myers Briggs assessment tests thatevaluates personality strengths. This reveals a lot about our behavior, such as; do we easily lead people or do we prefer to serve from the back seat. Are we very detail oriented or prefer to be the life-of-the-party. Identifying personality types helps a lot in our relationships with people.
Caution: Be cautious not to put people in a box according to a DISC or other personality profiles. Many people’s personality and behavior changes as they mature in Christ and gain experience and confidence in different roles. At one time they may have only served behind the scenes in a small ministry – then God led them to step out and be a teacher or become the lead pastor or start a business. Their personality will change as they rise to meet the new challenges God has ordained for them.
Change and maturity must occur for anyone to fulfill a dream/vision!
xperience: Great leaders are formed by great experiences. Great experience is the culmination of many small experiences. Experience is not theory – it is the knowledge and skill one learns by actually doing something over a period of time. Reading a book increases knowledge, but until knowledge is applied, we don’t know if it’s true, if it will work, or if it has value.
I have met people who think they should be hired to teach others how to lead a church or ministry, when they have absolutely no experience in ministry leadership! They read some books and maybe took some classes, but they have never even led a Sunday school class or served next to a pastor or headed a department that helped the church or ministry to grow. Where is there practical experience?
“According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it” (1 Cor.3:10).
Wise MasterBuilders are leaders who achieve their destiny by surveying their lives and making adjustments to achieve God’s goals.
The road to your inheritance starts with a Survey of your Life.
My prayer is for God to reveal everything you need to know to achieve your Destiny and His plan for your life!
In part three of Bridging to Our Destiny, we will look at building strong foundations for success.
Building together with Him and you,
© 2016 John P. Kelly