Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member
“And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulation await me.
But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of grace of God.” Acts 20:22-24
This passage has greatly intrigued me ever since I since I really looked at it a few years ago. Paul’s life is so intriguing to me. It seems he learned the key to having great faith in God.
Paul learned not to let himself be moved by people, circumstances or his environment. No matter where he was or what was happening around him, he would not be moved from what God had called him to do.
The other thing about Paul was that he did not count his life dear to himself. He knew his life belonged to the Lord.
I wondered what it was that allowed Paul to come to this in his life. Here are a few thoughts:
1. Like Jesus, Paul had a surrendered life to the will of the Father. How else could he come to the place where nothing would move him from what God had called him to do.
2. The other thing I see is that Paul did not hold on to his life too tightly, or maybe in his case, not at all.
I don’t know about you, but I really desire to have this kind of life. How can it ever come about? I believe by only keep our eyes on our Lord Jesus. Hebrews 12:1-3 is my encouragement in this. We live in a time and country where we are bombarded from every angle to walk away from the Lord. Only by keeping our eyes on the end. As our director, Brother KP says, “our time here is not long, soon we will be with our Lord.” May God give us the grace and strength to finish the race with joy!!!