Follow the Vision
“And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.” Acts 16:9-10 NKJV
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Follow the Vision
“And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.”
Acts 16:9-10 NKJV
Have you ever flipped on the news and saw stories about school shootings, a country divided, drug trafficking, gang violence, and murder? These things happening make it very clear that today we live in a dying and broken world, filled with lost and hurting people.
When I think of the Macedonian call, I see a man of God, the apostle Paul doing everything in his power to preach a message of hope and salvation which is Jesus Christ, to a dying and broken world. In this portion of scripture God gives Paul a vision of a man who is pleading with him to come and help them.
Now the Bible doesn’t tell us about this man or the people he represents, but I can imagine that they were probably in a condition similar to where we are today. I bet that the people there were lost, confused, broken, hurt, and living in sin which was slowly killing them. If it wasn’t that bad than God wouldn’t have sent Paul that vision.
Today God is giving us that same vision. There are signs all around us that show the condition of society. For some of us we see the hurting, broken every day when we drive to work and back. My question to you is; what are we going to do about it? We need strong Christian leaders like never before. Men and woman who are going to take a stand and fight the good fight of faith, we need to reach the lost at any cost. We should be such strong examples and witnesses that the people of this world flock to the church to experience what we have.
The apostle Paul gives us a strong example of how a Christian leader should respond to God’s vision. The Bible says that immediately Paul got up and went. His response was quick with no doubt. My question is; how will we respond to the vision? Will we wait around and pray on it waiting for some confirmation? Or will we immediately get up? I want to encourage all of those who are reading this, the time is now to rise up, and become that strong Christian leader the world is in desperate need of.
Devin R. Herrera