The process that God used to get Israel out of Egyptian bondage is very practical for todays church (Exodus 4:28-31). God started with one man, Moses, and inspired him with a huge vision. God told Moses that three million people are going to leave slavery behind in one night. Now that’s a huge vision. Generally, you know you’ve heard from God if what He said sounds crazy, impossible, and radical. And Moses, bought in to the vision.
Then God told Moses to get Aaron, his brother, on board. Aaron is going to be used in some of the ministry aspects of the vision. Aaron heard the vision and saw a few miracles, and got on board as well. Buy-in.
Finally Moses gathered the elders of the people of Israel. These are the tribal leaders. We would probably call them team leaders today. God already has Moses and the ministry signed up, now He needed the team leaders to buy-in. Moses and Aaron sell the vision and let the leaders glimpse the power of God, and the team leaders buy-in to this crazy vision. Process complete.
It’s interesting that God never instructed Moses to find a pulpit and a sound system, and then preach to the three million. I figured when reading this passage of scripture that God would have made that a priority. God skips this step altogether. You see God knew that if Moses can get the ministry and team leaders to buy-in to this vision, then naturally, all the people will follow.
The link between Moses and the millions is the ministry and team leaders. If those two groups get radical about the vision, then the people will see this modeled and will do likewise. Therefore, this link is incredibly important. How much of the vision are the ministry and team leaders living out before the people? Are the people getting a clear picture from these two groups? Does the vision get diluted by the time it gets to the people? Can the people tell you what the vision is? This link needs to be a leading link. The people need to see the vision modeled before them. They need to see themselves in the picture. The vision must be a we and not an I.
Moses was in front of Pharaoh almost daily it seems. Whereas, the team leaders were amongst the people. During the lull between the inception and incarnation of the vision, the people needed the vision in the forefront of their minds. It was the team leaders responsibility to make this happen. Are the people buying-in to this vision?
Perhaps there are some phone calls, or e-mails, that team leaders need to make. Or maybe have coffee with someone who needs a vision “shot in the arm.” Keep the vision fresh in the peoples’ minds. God is going to do a quick work: so we need buy-in, from Moses all the way to the children.