Going For It All | March 27, 2017
Today's chapter is one of the most tender in the New Testament. Paul is saying goodbye to his friends of many years and telling them that this would be the last time they would see him. It reminds me of the wonderful relationships that are built around the gospel. The closest friendships of my life are those forged in the fires of ministry.
But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.
Acts 20:24, NASB
Putting Our Lives In God's Hands | March 28, 2017
There are times in our lives when we may have insight or experience that we could use to try to guide or even control the lives of others. Even though we may be certain of the outcome, we may not be able to persuade them. This is common with parents of older children and friendships. When all is said and done, we must simply commit them to the Lord.
Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” And since he would not be persuaded, we fell silent, remarking, “The will of the Lord be done!”
Acts 21:13-14, NASB
Telling Your Story | March 29, 2017
The good news of Jesus is personal. I don't mean it is personal in a manner that one should keep it to themselves, but rather that He meets each one of us in a different way. It is this personal encounter, dramatic for some and simple for others that presents us with our Christian story.
And he said, ‘The God of our fathers has appointed you to know His will and to see the Righteous One and to hear an utterance from His mouth. For you will be a witness for Him to all men of what you have seen and heard. Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’
Acts 22:14-16, NASB
Our Unfulfilling Vows | March 30, 2017
Today's exciting chapter in Acts has a interesting wrinkle in it. While Paul is awaiting trial on charges of bringing an unbeliever into the temple, a group of people decide to band together to kill him on the way to that trial. When I read about the oath I had to laugh a bit because these guys were going to die hungry and thirsty.
When it was day, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul.
Acts 23:12, NASB
What To Do In The Longer Seasons Of Life | March 31, 2017
This verse is very easy to read for us, but for Paul it represents 730 days of being isolated and without a resolution in a chapter of life. As I read this, instead of rushing, I decided I would refocus on the lessons of waiting through long seasons.
But after two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, and wishing to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul imprisoned.
Acts 24:27, NASB