“The vision of the evenings and the mornings that has been told is true. Now you must seal up the vision because it refers to many days [in the future].” I, Daniel, was overcome and lay sick for days. Then I got up and went about the king’s business. I was greatly disturbed by the vision and could not understand it. – Daniel 8:26-27
I am a bit of a James Bond fan (Daniel Craig and Sean Connery … you can pretty much remove all the guys in between); therefore, I know that James Bond likes his martinis “shaken, not stirred.”
It is an unfortunate truth that many of us like our Christianity the same way. We love to read convicting books, listen to convicting sermons, and watch convicting speakers talk about the need to be convicted. It seems that we love to be “shaken,” but we are rarely “stirred.” The question is how often does our intent (conviction) move to effective, sustainable change that results in action?
Daniel was “overcome” by the vision he received. So much so that he lay sick for days; however, at some point he took the time to record what he had heard and communicate it to others so they, in turn, could hear and respond.
The Holy Spirit’s aim is not for us to be “all shook up,” but rather that we be shaken out of our complacency … that the church would be effectively be stirred to move from intent to effective action that brings change and greater glory to God.
Action speaks louder than words, but not nearly as often. – Mark Twain