A vision is a picture of what success looks like. When Jesus announced his ministry to a local synagogue, he read a passage from Isaiah which stated that all people are given an equal chance to be a part of God’s people (Luke 4:16-21). This was a huge vision, one much bigger than Nazareth, Galilee, and even Israel…it was a message for the whole world. It's a pretty bold statement for what success looked like to Jesus.
Rather than taking this vision and proclaiming it broadly around the world, Jesus invited in a few people to embody the idea. These twelve people (aka the disciples) would come near to Jesus to learn how to be like Jesus. Ultimately they would begin to live a life where full devotion to God, building up people, and serving set the foundation for an inclusive Kingdom. By investing locally, Jesus was able to catalyze his vision in reproducible forms that spread throughout various cultures. He was able to start small in order to produce something big. We are a community of faith united in the pursuit of the presence of God and empowered by Holy Spirit to live like Jesus today. As children of God, we are committed to being on mission in our city to make, grow and send disciples so our neighborhoods and nations of the world are transformed by the gospel of Jesus. In Christ, we are empowered and join in his work of bringing heaven to earth today. Implementing vision requires investment and for Jesus his greatest investment was building relationships. Our success will be focused on how we invest our relational capital on people, as Jesus did, and make disciples.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”