“Young and old shall prophesy and have dreams and visions” – The Apostle Peter in Acts 2:17
One such fulfillment of this verse happened to me in 2004. Over a period of 6 months, I saw a ripple effect vision on three occasions while I prayed. The Holy Spirit has given me visions for over 40 years. They appear out of nowhere as an imagine in my mind – quite unexpectedly.
Although I prayed each time that I saw this ripple effect, no interpretation came. Then one day, while walking in Nashville, TN, I saw a piece of trash on the ground and the Spirit spoke to me – “Beau, pick it up.”
Thinking that I had a fertile imagination, I promptly ignored the thought. Then, with great urgency in the tone, the Voice repeated – “Pick it up!”
Having learned the voice of the Spirit, I bent down to pick it up. As I did, I turned it over and behold, there the ripple effect stared back at me as though saying ….. “Beau, I am trying to convey an important message to you.”
Excited, I placed the small paper in my Bible, intending to continue to seek God for His personal word to me. The next day, a pastor prayed for me. He knew little about my life for we lived 350 miles apart and he knew nothing about me praying about the ripple effect.
He began by saying that God gave him a vision: “I see a pond with very still water and a rock being thrown into it. This caused a ripple effect. God is going to raise you up to be a man who makes disciples and those disciples will make disciples. This will be your ripple effect.”
As you might imagine, I quivered as his words penetrated my ears and heart. He did not know that I already busied myself making disciples. Yet, I understood that this prophecy and vision conveyed not merely an affirmation, but also a directive – Make disciples and make disciple makers.
When we stand before Jesus, He will examine our work by fire …. (1 Corinthians 3:10-15). Whatever is made of gold, silver and precious stones will remain. The rest will be reduced to ash.
Jesus has given us Three Great Endeavors – 1.) Love and Worship God; 2.) Love others well; 3.) Make Disciples. These are the very specific, knowable and do-able. Doing these three will produce gold.
I want to challenge you, the reader, to give yourself to these Three Great Endeavors. They are the basis for my book: Be Great
The photo below is the Ripple Effect paper I picked up in 2004.