Should I hide my plan from Abraham?” the LORD asked. “For Abraham will certainly become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him. I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised. So the LORD told Abraham... - Genesis 18:17-20
I love the insight into God's character and leadership style that this account in Genesis provides the reader. The LORD has every right to do as he pleases without seeking the counsel of man. However, before acting the LORD reflects on his relationship with Abraham, and the vision he has for Abraham and his descendants. Instead of making a unilateral move, he decides to be transparent and share his plans with Abraham.
I find it so difficult to be transparent as a leaders sometimes. For me it is an issue of courage. Do I have the courage to be real and authentic about how I am feeling? Do I have the courage to share my plans and dreams with others? Do I open myself up to be challenged and sharpened by others? These are the questions that I often debate in my head.
Outside of Christ, far too often the answer to these questions is a resounding, NO! But life in Christ, in the fellowship of believers, where life is lived together, transparency is not an option. As a disciple of Christ, in a leadership role, it is a best practice and opportunity to witness to others.
When we accept God's forgiveness, the grace of Jesus Christ, and that life in the Spirit is tangible and real for life today, we remove the chains of fear and guilt and allow transparency to exist in the spaces where we live, love, and lead.
When I look at the example transparency from the LORD, I cannot help but be filled with praise and thankfulness. Let's examine his actions:
- The LORD committed to a plan based on principle and facts.
- The LORD thought about the key relationships that would be impacted by His actions.
- The LORD was transparent with his strategies and plans.
- The LORD explained the WHY behind his plans.
- The LORD allowed for input on how his plans were to be carried out.
- The LORD listened and then carried out his plans based on the feedback he received.
Father, help me to follow your example of being a transparent leader. Give me the courage to share my thoughts and plans, to be vulnerable with my doubts and uncertainties that are clouding my judgement. Holy Spirit, help me to lean on your for understanding. Please help me to reach out to other believers and seek their counsel and input. Jesus, thank you for allowing me to be transparent with you - meeting me where I am at - and loving me. Thank you also for encouraging me to make the changes in my behavior, plans, and thinking so that I am more aligned with your will each day, Amen.
- Do you find it difficult to be transparent with those you love and lead? If so, why?
- Is there a hurt, scar, or wound in your past that needs to be addressed before you can be transparent with others?
- Are you creating a culture at with those you love and lead that allows for transparency?
Make it a great day!