Every worship service I attended as a child ended with this blessing. Until I grew up and moved away to a church where the service didn’t end this way, I didn’t realize how much comfort I took from hearing these simple verses. Taken from the book of Numbers, this passage reveals God’s desire to bless the Israelites. He closes the passage with an explanation:
“So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.” Numbers 6:27
What was God’s intention? I think this was one way he chose to impart his vision, his plan, to the Israelites. It comes on the heels of very difficult laws. Laws that represent the holiness of God through sacrifice. These sacrificial acts were not simple. How could they be? The presence of God is holy. In his infinite wisdom, I believe God wanted to assure the Israelites that their sacrifices were worth it. He wanted them to share in hIs presence, his graciousness, his peace.
This was God’s vision for the Israelites.
The same holds true for us today. Through Christ, we have communion with God. His vision, shared many generations before Christ’s birth, promises us a continued relationship with God. It’s comforting. There’s nothing in this blessing that frightens. It’s a promise for our lives as Christians, just as it was a promise for the lives of the Israelites.
In my post, Do Christians Have Best Practices?, I shared the five best practices of a leader. I believe the passages I’ve laid out this week relate directly to the second best practice: Inspire a Shared Vision.
Throughout the Bible, we can find examples of people sharing the vision of a close relationship with the Lord. Not only does the Lord want us to enjoy the blessing of his presence, he wants us to share this with others.
When I teach the leadership best practices to business leaders, I invite them to identify their top values for living from a list of about 40 values. After they identify their top three, I ask them to set a goal for revealing one of their top values in their daily lives. Most of them face the need to display a value that at first seems at odds with work, so I take them one step further. Is family time important to the leader? How can he demonstrate this through action rather than words? What does she need to do to inspire others to focus on their families? No one follows a leader without a vision. If you display what’s important to you in your everyday actions, you will inspire the people you associate with to do so, too.
What is your vision for your life in Christ? There are many ways to inspire people to see and share your vision.
How do you inspire others to this shared vision?
For previous Leadership Best Practices posts:
Do Christians Have Best Practices?
And They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love
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