Sometimes as leaders we get so wrapped up with the need to identify our purpose, mission, and vision that we lose sight of what it’s all about. We set goals that enable us to accomplish our vision, sometimes forgetting that it’s not about what we do but Who we know. When our focus shifts off of Christ and on to our vision and goals, it will be difficult to maintain a Christ-like intent and pursuit in vision and goal setting.
What Happens with Christ as the Focus
When the focus is on Christ, we’re able to set aside not only non-essentials but also our personal needs for accomplishment and acclaim in the pursuit. — “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.” (Phil. 3:7) And so, we gain clarity in our priorities.
When it’s about Christ, it’s not about what we’ve done but rather being “found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ” (Phil. 3:9). And so, we regularly undergo motivational and attitudinal adjustments that keep us on track.
When the focus is on Christ, we humbly admit that we haven’t arrived and we keep pursuing that which brings us closer and closer to Him. — “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” (Phil. 3:12) And so, we keep revisiting and revising our vision statement to ensure progress in this pursuit.
Check if Your Vision and Goals Keep Christ as the Focus
Take some time to reflect on the vision and goals you set. Perhaps the following questions will help you assess whether you’re keeping Christ as the focus.
- Does the wording of our vision put the focus more on Christ and what He does or on us and what we do?
When we want the focus to be on Christ, we don’t assume people will make the connection. We frame vision statements intentionally and clearly to communicate our priority.
- Do we hold on so tightly to our objective that we can’t flex?
When it’s more about Christ, we’re able to let go of our personal agendas. Instead, we’re able to say instead, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that” (James 4:13-15).
- Do our vision and goals ultimately help people get to know and love Jesus?
When it’s about people getting to know and love Jesus, we’ll see more than increased religious activity in their lives. Their relationship with Him will grow deeper and deeper when our vision and goals keep Christ as the focus.
For More, Go To: Leadership Skill: Goal-Setting & Vision Casting