13. EFFECTUAL FOLLOW-THROUGH

"A pastor should mingle freely with the people for whom he labors, that by becoming acquainted with them he may know how to adapt his teaching to their needs. When a minister has preached a sermon, his work has but just begun. There is personal work for him to do. He should visit the people in their homes, talking and praying with them in earnestness and humility. There are families who will never be reached by the truths of God's Word unless the stewards of His grace enter their homes and point them to the higher way. But the hearts of those who do this work must throb in unison with the heart of Christ."

APPLICATION

a. Principle Focus (review)

Follow-through or execution--a mode of effective performance and immediate action that gets things done right, expeditiously, and compassionately, in a Christian context.

b. Scriptural Foundation (study)

Proverbs 30 is the wise counsel to a king on how to direct his administration properly. In it are the principles of good leadership, which include execution and follow-through.

c. Behavior Outcomes (model)

  • Many leaders have good ideas, some have great ones, but too few implement them--I will be different.
  • My ministry is characterized by getting things accomplished, a ministry of action and progress.

d. Personal Assessment (evaluate)

How satisfied am I with the development of this characteristic in my ministry? (Circle one.)

1 2 3 4 5
Extremely
Dissatisfied
Somewhat
Satisfied
Extremely
Satisfied

e. Action Plan (implement)

What will I do to increase my effectiveness in this area? (Write your intentions.)





MEDITATION

"Lord, I understand that doing, acting, and accomplishing takes time and is challenging. I also understand that little gets done if one doesn't execute and follow-through. Help me to learn from the ant and others in the natural world that now is the time to prepare for the future. But also give me the discernment and sense to infuse balance in my life as well as action. That is, to so balance that I will include time for You and my family, friends, and personal growth."