In Acts 26, the Apostle Paul finds himself in an audience with King Agrippa, the ruler of Judea. Paul tells Agrippa the story of when he first encountered Jesus, the vision Jesus gave him, and how he responded to it.
This is what Jesus said to Paul, which he recounts in Acts 26:17-18…
“I am sending you to the Gentiles to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’
And how did Paul respond to this vision? This is what he says to Agrippa in verses 19-20.
“And so, King Agrippa, I obeyed that vision from heaven. I preached first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that all must repent of their sins and turn to God—and prove they have changed by the good things they do.”
Jesus gave Paul a vision to see people turn from darkness to light, from Satan’s power to God’s power, to receive God’s forgiveness, and become part of God’s family. It’s the same vision and calling each of us have, and it’s why our new vision at Zeo is this…
We are called to be a passionate movement of disciples who make disciples; loving God, loving others, and releasing the transforming power of Jesus throughout the world.
Paul was faithful to the vision. Even when it cost Him!
What will it mean for us to be faithful to the vision God has given us?
If you’ve not watched it yet, check out my ten-minute message on the vision God has given us, why it’s so important, and how we could respond to it.
What one thing could you do in response to it? Kickstart some daily devotions? Form a huddle? Join or host a Church At Home? Pray daily for a list of friends and family to be drawn to Jesus? Look for opportunities to be good news through words and actions?
Jesus is looking for a personal response from all of us to His vision for His world. He’s invited us to partner with Him, together.
Lord, we pray that your vision to restore and heal this broken world which get into our head, hearts, and hands. Show us one small step we can take this week to be faithful to your vision. Amen.