In fact, I have avoided writing a book for more than six years. But I couldn’t hold back any longer, because my heart has been captured by a vision that I cannot shake.
This vision is Jesus saturation — every man, woman, and child in every place having a daily encounter with Jesus through words spoken and deeds done through his people.
This isn’t really my vision. It is God’s vision. He says, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Hab. 2:14). And God will accomplish this vision through his Son, Jesus Christ, working through his body, the church. Ephesians 1:22–23 says, “He put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”
Jesus is the head of his body, the church, through which he intends to fill every place with his presence. This is saturation — Jesus saturation.
Can you imagine every city, every neighborhood, every street, and every house saturated with Jesus’s presence through his people? What if, in every school, every classroom, and every extracurricular activity, students daily experienced the person and work of Jesus? Can you dream with me of a day when no business office, retail center, or industrial hub can get away from the good news of Jesus proclaimed in words and expressed in gracious deeds? A day when every café, pub, restaurant, or bakery smells of the aroma of Christ?
This is God’s intention for his world. And his plan is to do it through his people.
He wants you to be a part of it!
I hope you are reading this because you want to be part of this. If you know, trust, love, and follow Jesus, you are part of it. If you haven’t yet submitted your life to Jesus, I pray you will. Jesus saturation can’t happen through you until it’s happened to you.
As you read this, you, like others, may think its message are for the spiritual elite: a special group of Christians who are uniquely called of God, the paid staff members of a church, or the professionally trained. Don’t believe that lie. It isn’t true.
Or maybe you think the only people through whom God works are the radicals who sell all they have and go into foreign lands. He certainly works through them. But he also works through people who stay. His plan is to work through all of us in every place.
It’s possible that you’ve never experienced Jesus working through you to fill every place you go with his presence. Don’t let that prevent you from believing he wants to and is able to. The truth is, if you belong to Jesus, you are called to participate in his vision of saturation.
Taken from Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life by Jeff Vanderstelt, © 2015, pp. 13-14. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.org.