“For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” (1 Cor. 14:8 KJV)
I have followed God’s servant Bishop David Oyedepo closely circa 24 years and one thing is clear — he has effectively translated his vision to reality. And every follower and close watcher alike will agree with me that he has intentionally engaged and still engage the tool of communication to give expression to his global vision. It was Warren Bennis, Founding Chairman, The Leadership Institute of the University of Southern California, that said, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”
Communication is very fundamental to vision. It is the vehicle that transports all the ingredients of vision from the unseen realm to the seen realm. And the elaborate communication of vision is what determines the collaboration the visionary enjoys. Joseph Priestly said, “The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.” I can’t agree more.
Rev. Theodore Hesburgh observed, “The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.” Therefore, vision is incomplete until effectively communicated. God told Habakkuk the prophet, to write the vision and make it plain and unambiguous— for proper alignment by everyone connected to the vision.
Vision is a communicable seed that must be planted in the heart of everyone connected to it. If you’re less effective in communicating your vision, you may never emerge a celebrated visionary. It is effective communication that makes vision work. Vision not shared is vision shredded upon arrival. Hear this: A vision not communicated may be contaminated.
The bridge between vision and mission is effective communication management. Vision can never be translated to mission until it is communicated in faith. Faith is the engine of the vehicle of communication in the transportation system of vision. And faith remains an assumption or worse still, fake —until communicated. Hear Paul’s instruction to Philemon —
“That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”
Vision must be communicated in faith to produce. Hear this: At the root of every producing vision is a communicating visionary.
Faith speaks and acts. God demonstrated His faith to see His vision of a created heaven and earth by speaking and acting as recorded in Genesis 1. God is a Speaking Spirit and every visionary after His Order must be a speaking visionary. It’s by speaking and our corresponding actions that we translate our vision into reality.
To communicating vision,