I love Vector, the cartoon supervillain in the Despicable Me movie. He introduces himself by saying,
“I go by the name of Vector. It's a mathematical term, represented by an arrow with both direction and magnitude. Vector! That's me, because I commit crimes with both direction and magnitude. Oh yeah!”
He is a ridiculous character, and by the end of the movie we are not surprised to see him fail to deliver on his vision of himself. He is a case of someone not able to walk the talk, all hype and no substance.
Vision is often that way, isn’t it? Great words that get us excited and inspired, but in the end the direction and magnitude of the idea fails in reality. We can get jaded by yet another great vision that never comes to fruition. With this being election year, we may find ourselves to be particularly cynical about great visions! Yet, at the same time, there seems to be something within us that desires the compulsion of a great vision, because we keep coming back for more!
The Great Commission is one of those visions that has captured the church:
“...you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8b
Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, the ends of the earth. This is a vision with both direction and magnitude! Yet I wonder if we are so quick to grasp at this vision that we are destined to fail, just like Vector. After all, before Jesus laid out the vision, he commanded the disciples to wait:
[Jesus] ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father… “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:4,8
The first step of this great visionary commission wasn’t action, but obediently waiting.
That’s not very exciting.
But praise God that the disciples were obedient and waited. Everything that started in Acts, the genesis of all that we see God doing in and around us today, started because those early followers of Jesus simply waited.
When was the last time you waited on God? Could it be that he is calling you to witness to a vision of such direction and magnitude that only the power of the Holy Spirit will suffice?
Tranzsend Team Leader