The Apostle Paul revolutionized the world in which he lived. He didn’t use warfare or weapons; he used words. He influenced popular culture one word, one letter, one sermon, one prayer, and one community at a time. He did something with the message he carried. He mobilized others.
When the spirit of Jesus spoke to Paul on the road that day, He laid it out for him:
“Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you.I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles.I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”
Acts 26:16–18, NIV
The Spirit said it to Paul in the first century, and He’s saying it to every one of us in the twenty-first century. Acts 26:16–18 remains our rally call today.
Let’s break The Rally Cry down this way:
- CHOSEN – You’ve been appointed for this time.
- MOVE – Get up and get ready to go.
- AUTHORITY – He’s sending you.
- SALVATION – It’s a message bigger than you.
- COMMUNICATE – Share what you’ve been shown.
- INFLUENCE – You’ll open their eyes.
- COURAGE – He’ll rescue you from man.
Paul mobilized the message of salvation through Christ. He carried it and shared it, and it changed everything for those who heard it. Paul became the leading missionary to the Gentiles and penned more letters—thirteen of the twenty-seven New Testament letters—than any other writer.
Just as Paul’s letters and sermons became the communication channels that God used to change the culture, the Internet is our channel today that could change the game—eternally—for countless people.
Do Christ follwers really get that? What do you think?