With Vision comes Responsibility
Revelation is God's supernatural disclosure of Himself.
From this, we understand that initially the person and nature
of God are hidden. And, they are hidden for a reason.
The primary reason for this is that the person of God is
costly and precious. Portions of a revelation of God are not
hastily gained. Therefore, vision and revelation carry a price.
These are not intended to be an end in themselves. Instead,
the ultimate purpose is to draw man into God, and to burn
into his being the nature and character of God.
Saul of Tarsus, while on the road to Damascus, saw a vision
of Jesus who spoke to him saying, "But arise, and stand
upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose,
to make thee a minister, and a witness, both of these things
which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will
appear unto thee" Acts 26:16. Later, Paul declared to
King Agrippa, "I was not disobedient unto the heavenly
vision" Acts 26:19. One of the things that Paul had come
to understand was, "With vision comes responsibility."
REVELATION DEMANDS REALITY.
The key in this word of Jesus to Paul is "make".
Paul was not called just to preach sermons, or to parrot the
things that he heard, or even to speak from the understanding
that he had of the Scriptures. He was called to "be".
Paul was to enter into a state of "being" a minister
and a witness. The method by which this was to be accomplished
was through his being "obedient to the heavenly vision."
He was to allow the revelation he had received to become a
personal reality in his life.
Since revelation is God's disclosure of Himself, then we
must not allow itto become an end in itself, simply amassing
to ourselves great amounts of information about God. Instead,
we should allow every increase in vision to bring an increase
in our stature. Each precious facet of the Lord’s character
that is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit is to become substance
and reality in our lives.
Peter gives us a simple object lesson concerning this. Peter
"saw" a great sheet let down from heaven, "Wherein
were all manner of four footed beasts of the earth, and wild
beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there
came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter
said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that
is common or unclean. And thevoice spake unto him again the
second time, What God hath cleansed, that callnot thou common.
This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again
into heaven" Acts 10:12-16.
Many of the Jewish Christians of that time believed that
the Gospel was for the Jew only and not for Gentiles. Peter,
being a Jew was of that persuasion. Peter explains the meaning
of the vision later saying, "God hath showed me that
I should not call any man common or unclean".
From this vision, Peter understood that all men were to
have an equal opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel,
Gentile as well as Jew. Later, Paul said "But when Peter
was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because
he was to be blamed" Galatians 2:11.
Peter had been eating with the Gentiles, but when some Jews
came by, Peter jumped up and pretended not to be eating with
them. He had seen and understood the vision, but it had not
become a part of him. We must allow the Holy Spirit to cause
our visions and revelations to become more than mere information.
We must allow them to become a part of the fiber of our being.
They should so change us that we will become dynamically effective
as a witness in this world.
When the Philistines captured the Ark, those who touched
it were not smitten, but when Uzzah, a good man, with good
intentions touched it he was struck dead. Why? Because Uzzah
knew better, the Philistines did not. Uzzah was held accountable
for his understanding.
When I reflect on the revelation and understanding that
I have about God, I must remember that:
With Vision Comes Responsibility
Revelation Demands Reality.