[今日經文 Today’s Reading: 使徒行傳 Acts 24-26]
When Paul made his defense before King Agrippa and Governor Fetus, he laid out clearly the mission that God had given him (26:18). Speaking with confidence, Paul said, “Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.”
What motivates us to wake up and to study or go to work each day? The lives of many individuals are driven by money or fame, true even for some in the ministry. Paul’s life was driven by the heavenly vision he had received at Damascus in which Jesus directed him “to open [people’s] eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me…” (26:18) Paul obeyed that vision faithfully with “the help that comes from God” (26:22) even if it would mean losing his life.
To have a vision is to have a spiritual form of eyesight, to see the world through the Word and through the Spirit. This begins with having a holy dissatisfaction with our current situation, after which God will reveal that heavenly vision to us.
May our lives, like Paul’s, not be driven by money or fame, but rather by a heavenly vision that comes from God! May we obey the vision and persevere to the finish line.
Prayer: Dear Lord, may you show us your vision for our lives and give us the heart to obey that vision every day until we see You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.