Obeying Heavenly Vision

The account of Paul's eloquent defense before King Agrippa, as given in the twenty-sixth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, has for centuries captured the attention and commanded the admiration of Bible students. Referring to the luminous and regenerating appearing of Truth to his consciousness, while on his way to Damascus to persecute the Christians, Paul declared, "Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision." This moment of spiritual exaltation sufficed to turn Paul's life into one of high and holy ministry. Thereafter, his purpose and labors were dedicated exclusively to the establishment of Christianity throughout the world of his day. Churches grew and prospered as he went from city to city, tirelessly preaching the truth about God and Christ, ever loyal to the vision of loving service revealed to him in his first great glimpse of the divine glory. It was his fidelity and intrepid allegiance to Love's leading which later enabled him to say, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

May not those of us who are striving to walk in the light of Truth and Love, daily endeavoring to assimilate more of the divine nature and character, learn a vital lesson from Paul's inspiring example, a lesson in obedience to those moments of spiritual clearsightedness which come to us through prayerful communion with God and unremitting consecration to good?

Redemptive Thinking
March 21, 1942

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