“Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.” (ESV – Read the chapter)
Do you have a vision from God? Have you received one? How are you doing with this? God gives us a vision of the work He has for us to do as we seek Him in the routine, day-to-day of our lives. This vision will likely be a function of our passions, interests, abilities, and experiences. It will involve God placing us at the intersection of the world’s need and our passion. He will call us through this vision to the advancement of His kingdom.
When it comes to this heavenly vision, many people err in understanding just how it plays itself out in our lives. We think it will exhibit itself in some grand fashion. But, the more likely reality, is that it will play itself out in some small, seemingly insignificant fashion. If we are not pursuing the vision of God in the small of our lives, it will never work itself out in the big and flashy.
So what do we do? We commit ourselves to follow God in the small. We spend time in the Scriptures each day. We seek God in prayer ceaselessly. We surround ourselves with mature believers who can speak truth into our lives and help hold us accountable to God’s vision. We make practicing the spiritual disciplines a daily exercise. We train ourselves regularly and pursue Christ in the small so that when the vision from God comes, we are ready to respond.
As we pursue this path, though, we must know that God’s heavenly call will likely not be to something convenient and easy relative to what our fleshly vision for our lives might be. If He is calling us to be a light in the world’s dark places, it will necessarily involve facing some darkness and challenges. As Oswald Chambers observed, God will often use a storm to plant us. If we have not been doing the kind of work to keep ourselves always ready to respond to God’s call, we will prove to be empty seed pods, rather than potential plants that will grow up tall and strong to provide the shade of the kingdom to many.
Live so as to be always ready. God’s heavenly call will come when we are not expecting it. He has a vision for us. He has a vision for you. Whether or not we will go with Him to see it fulfilled is the question.