We might be able to restrain a persons angry outbursts by tying him up, but we are powerless to change a persons heart.
This is where God s plan of redemption comes into play.
The Gospel is not merely about “getting us saved,” as if we simply pray a prayer and are immediately transported into heaven. God describes “salvation” and the transformation of the Christian life like this:
I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. (Ezek. 36:26-27)
“Getting saved” is not about praying a prayer and then continuing to live our lives as though nothing happened.
Andy Stanley, founding and lead pastor of North Point Community Church. He has written a must-read book – Making Vision Stick– for leader/communicators. The first thing I love about the book is that it’s only 74 pages long. If all books were as short, I’d be able to read a lot more books! Here are some of my favorite quotes:
One of the greatest challenges is making vision stick. Vision doesn’t have much adhesive.To get people to sit still long enough to understand your vision is hard enough. But to get them to actually organize their lives around it is supremely difficult. The urgent and legitimate needs of today quickly erase our commitment to the what could be of tomorrow.It’s the leader’s responsibility to ensure that people understand and embrace the vision of the organization.
5 things you can do to increase the adhesiveness of your vision
1. State the vision simply. if your vision is going to stick in people’s minds, it must be memorable. People don’t remember or embrace paragraphs. They remember and embrace sentences. And, If the vision is too complicated, nothing changes.
2. Cast the vision convincingly. In this section, Andy says leaders must define the problem, offer a solution, and present a reason for the solution. He writes …
Every vision is a solution to a problem.Buy-in by others hinges on your ability to convince them you are offering a solution to a problem they are convinced needs to be solved.
A leader points the way to a solution and gives a compelling reason why something must be done now.