Visionaries Are Very Selective With Their Friends

Visionaries Are Very Selective With Their Friends

Welcome to Part 10 of this blog series on The Will of God. If you don't know God's Will for your life or you don't know where to start in God's plan, this blog series is for you. For Part 9, "Executing God's Plan For Your Life" click here. One by one we will address each of the seven steps outlined in Part 9. Today, we will focus on Step 1. Write a clear vision! Others can only help you execute what they understand.

When Jesus walked the earth He carefully chose His inner circle. He had at least 70 disciples (Luke 10), 12 Apostles (Luke 9) but only three (Peter, James and John) were in His inner circle. It was only these three who saw Him transfigured in Matthew 17:1-3. It was only these three who were allowed into the house with Him to bring a dead girl back to life in Mark 5:36-43. It was only these three who saw Him in His most vulnerable state, troubled and distressed in Gethsemane in Mark 14:33.

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. - Habakkuk 2:2-3 KJV

In Habakkuk 2:2, The Bible says “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Hence, a written vision is not just for you but for the people around you. One of the most valuable lessons I learned while growing up is that a vision can be very polarizing. It judges the people in your life and separates them into assets or liabilities.

When your life is directed by a written vision each person you encounter is either part of the solution or part of the problem. The vision itself exposes their motives because it demands a response. In order for it to be accomplished you must invest valuable personal resources like time, finances and emotional energy.

Since these resources are finite, they must be taken away from other areas of your life so that they would be available for the vision. Sacrifices like these challenge the people in your life to become supporters or obstacles. Without sharing sensitive details begin to reveal key aspects of your vision to people in your inner circle. Based on each response, reevaluate your need for the relationship.

Visionaries Are Very Selective With Their Friends

Matthew 16:21-24(KJV) - From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Jesus constantly shared important aspects of His purpose with His disciples and gauged how they responded. In Matthew 16:21-24 He took the time to share what was about to happen to Him as He prepared for the cross and Peter responded in the wrong way. Instead of letting it slide, Jesus rebuked Satan who was operating through Peter in an effort to distract Him. He did not allow one of His closest friends to distract Him from God's purpose for His life. He recognized that even within His inner circle it was possible for the devil to infiltrate.

Jesus knew the human heart is vulnerable to the deceptions of the enemy so He kept a close eye on His friends and prayed for them. In Luke 22:30-32 Jesus told Peter that the enemy was after him but Jesus assured him that He had him covered in prayer so that his faith would not fail. He then told Peter that one day he would be able to do the same for his brothers. Additionally, Jesus not only evaluated His friendships based on what they thought about His vision but He also evaluated what they thought about Him personally. This is also very important. People very close to you should be supportive of what God has called you to do and should also know "the real" you.

Matthew 16:13-20(KJV) - When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

Jesus questioned His friends in Matthew 16:13-20 and asked them what people were saying about Him and then asked them what they personally thought about Him. Jesus did not take any of His relationships for granted. It was important for Him to know what they thought about Him as well as His purpose. If Jesus is our perfect example of how to live then we need to do what He did. First, we must carefully choose the people in our inner circle. Second, we need to know what they think about our purpose. Third, we need to know what they think about us. Visionaries are very selective with their friends. Jesus was a visionary.

Amos 3:3(NKJV) - Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?
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