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Double Vision

 Admittedly, double vision is not a good thing.  Double vision is the perception of two images of a single object seen adjacent to each other (horizontally, vertically, or obliquely) or overlapping.  As a matter of fact, experts say that if this ever happens to you that you should consult your doctor immediately.

Now, I know what you are thinking… since when did this become a medical advice blog?  It’s not.  My honorary doctor’s degree gives me no street cred to dispense any medical advice.  (For that matter, it doesn’t give me the credibility to dispense any advice at all, but that is a topic for another day.)

My point, though, is that it is very easy for churches to be guilty of just the opposite.  They often suffer from single vision.  By that I mean that their focus can be singular, tunneled, self-centered and lacking any global focus.

The need for a multi-focused vision is articulated in Acts 1:8.  Moments before Jesus ascended into heaven, He gave His disciples one last command; a command that would be their game plan for the advancement of the Gospel.  He told them that they were to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

As you read through the book of Acts, the apostles did just as they were commanded.   Acts 1:8 proves to be an outline for the work of the early church as recorded in the book of Acts.  The message of the Gospel was preached beginning in Jerusalem, then to all Judea and Samaria and eventually to the remotest parts of the earth.

How does that apply to us?  Well, we believe that the command of Acts 1:8 transcends generations and cultures.  Simply stated, it has been passed on to us.   Our job is to continue the work that the disciples began.   How is that done?

  • The task begins in our Jerusalem

Our Jerusalem is not the city of Jerusalem.  Our Jerusalem is Hollywood, FL.  It is where our ministry is located.   It is our starting point.   We have a responsibility to begin where we live.

We often ask the question, “Who would be affected if HCC closed its doors?”  If only our church members would be affected, then we are not impacting our community.   We are not transforming our community.

That is why we feed the hungry.  That is why we are looking to give homes to the homeless and help the jobless obtain employment.  We are called to minister to our Jerusalem!

  • The task extends around the world

Just reaching our Jerusalem is not enough.   We are often criticized for the amount of resources and energy that we direct to foreign missions projects.   Why do we do that?  Because we have been commanded to do it!  The grammatical construction of Acts 1:8 does not teach us to reach one area at a time, but to reach all areas simultaneously.   We are to reach out to Africa while we are reaching Hollywood.  We are to be burdened about the children of Guatemala while we are burdened about the children of south Florida.  The tasks are not mutually exclusive, but must be done in tandem with each other.

So, how is your spiritual vision?  Do you have double vision?  I hope so!  If not, you may want to get your spiritual eyes checked.

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