“Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
(Matthew 4:19, 20)
Our Lord Jesus shared His vision. If Nehemiah had not shared his vision he would have been on the wall by himself and the wall would not have been finished. Since serving Christ is a team sport we must share our vision.
I was greatly blessed to have a pastor who mentored me for thirty years. He had a vision and he always had a plan. His vision was for world missions. Even though I believed this in my head, world missions was not in my heart. On one occasion he scheduled a retreat for the two of us and in the middle of the night he told me with tears that if he could have his heart placed in my chest cavity to give me an authentic burden for missions he would do it!
He planned a seven-week trip for me all around the world visiting missionaries. That experience moved world missions those eighteen critical inches from my head to my heart. He went to be with the Lord a few years later. If he knows what has happened and is happening to me thirty years later I am certain he is a happy camper!
What did it take for Jesus to take four fishermen and give them a vision for catching men rather than fish? Do you share your vision with others, especially those you mentor? Do you do have a plan for them and are you willing to sacrifice for them to the point of a heart transplant to communicate your vision to them?