Part 2 of the Present day Patriarchs series.
Genesis 33:1 – AND Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids.
Genesis 33:2 – And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.
A limping Jacob led his family into their future. Before he took one step, he lifted up his eyes, and looked. Every present day patriarch should do exactly what Jacob did before you lead your family one step further. Get a vision.
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, all at some point in their journeys, lifted up their eyes. It is the common denominator of every great father – lead with a vision. Men are to be visionaries. We are called to both dream and do big things. Instead of looking down at where you are, lift up your eyes and look forward.
If you are too occupied with your present circumstances, your leadership will be reactionary. You will react to the bills you already have, the current crisis with your children, and your marriage will be subject to more of the same. God has called us to act, not react. What are you called to do? What do you feel sent to do? The answer to these questions will cause you to look up.
Jesus healed a blind man in John 9. He never healed people with the same process; therefore, I don’t believe God has called you to be like anybody else. He has called you to be unique. He has a tailor made vision for you. Jesus simply told the man to go and baptize himself in a pool called ‘Sent’. When he baptized his eyes with the substance of ‘Sent’, his vision was restored.
If you are lacking vision, I have a remedy for you. Go baptize your eyes in your calling. What has He sent you to do? What do you feel called to do? At a bare minimum, Jesus called us to His mission of reaching the world. If you have no other calling on your life, reaching the world will keep you and your family busy for a lifetime. When you saturate your vision at a place of sending, you will have a mission to pursue. You will be able to see the place you want to reach, and produce a plan and follow a path to get there.
The Spirit came down with a divine objective for men. Acts 2:17 – men shall see visions. This verse almost seems redundant at first glance, however, through further investigation we see divine revelation. To have a vision, and see that vision, are two very different things. Vision is a broad perspective, while seeing that vision brings perception and purpose.
Jacob did two things: he lifted up his eyes, and then he looked. In one moment he was able to see the big picture, and work on a blueprint. Each vision needs a telescope (big picture) and a microscope (details). Every father needs an internal compass, and a concise navigation system.
When a reporter asked Albert Einstein how he’d go about solving a crisis if he had only one hour, he answered that he’d spend 55 minutes planning and 5 minutes executing. Time spent planning is never time wasted.
Jacob saw Esau and his 400 men. He then acted accordingly. He placed his family in order behind him. He led his family into their future by bowing 7 times. His vision affected his plan. This is looking and seeing. This is logistically living a legacy.
- Who are you?
- Whose are you?
- What are you here for?
- Where are you going?
- Do you have a God sized vision?
- Does this vision include everyone in your family?
- Is your vision connected to Jesus’ mission?
- What do envision for your families finances, health, education, and spiritual life?
- What kind of marriage do you want to have?
- What kind of footprint do you want to leave in your city?
- Do you have a plan to accomplish this vast vision?
- What steps do you need to take immediately?
- What changes are you going to implement?
- Are there any old paradigms that need to be adjusted?
- Do you need to sit down with your wife and discuss your plan of action?
- Have you reverse engineered your next 5 years? Where do you want to be in 5 years? What kind of house do you want to be living in? What kind of car do you want to drive? How much do you hope to be giving? How much money do you want in savings? Do this exercise for your marriage, children, spiritual life, etc. Then work backwards and formulate a plan to get you there.
- Have you prayed for wisdom and understanding?
- Are you willing to sacrifice a few little things for one big goal?