Clarify the Mission
“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” Acts 9:4-6 ESV
Paul was on his way to Damascus to take any Jewish believers back to Jerusalem as prisoners when the Lord Jesus appeared to him on the road outside of the city. Note the short response from Jesus to his inquiry as to who was speaking, immediately followed by a command to get up, go into the city and wait to be told what to do.
Within the next three days, having been blinded by the vision on the road, Paul is praying and waiting. Ananias, a local resident of Damascus and a disciple, receives a vision himself to go and pray over Paul so that he may again be able to see. After some questioning, the Lord assures Ananias of Paul’s mission – “…he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.” (Acts 9:15 ESV) When recounting his conversion years later, Paul recalls, “And I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Rise, and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all that is appointed for you to do.’” (Acts 22:10 ESV)
Several years after his conversion, while visiting Jerusalem, Paul had another vision in the temple regarding his mission. The Lord said to him, “‘Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly… Go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles.‘”
These are but a few examples of the mission-task assigned to Paul to take the gospel to the Gentiles (non-Jews). The Lord stated and restated the nature of his mission multiple times and in multiple ways. There was little doubt or ambiguity of what Paul was being asked to do.
The Lord’s assigning of the task to Paul is an excellent example of how to communicate mission. Good leaders clarify the task for those they are leading. They state the mission clearly, succinctly and in multiply ways so that there is no doubt about what all are trying to accomplish.
Is your mission clear to you as you fill your days and weeks with much activity? Is the mission clear for those you are leading? If not, it is your responsibility to make it clear.
“A mist in the pulpit is a fog in the pew!” source unknown