Tuesday: 15th May, 2018
Reference text: Acts 20:17-27
Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
On a very human level, what are the benefits of a good and healthy relationship? Does it cause us to put on a smile that no one can predict its source? Or does it make us feel as though we could conquer the world and move thorough life without any fear of the known or unknown because we are in good company? Regardless of our responses, one thing is true: the fruits of a good relationship can be seen.
Paul is always a great motivation because his words are those of a man who understood and was in a brilliant relationship with God. Such was this relationship that even with the certainty of facing bonds and afflictions, he declares ‘none of these things move me’. Those words made me go eyes wide and found myself using these words: ‘wow! what a character!’
Throughout his ministry, Paul was not afraid to reveal his weaknesses or highlight those areas he needed to work on himself. Nonetheless, the Paul in today’s account, the same man with weaknesses; makes the most amazing declaration even in the face of imminent death:
‘that’s OK. That’s no tragedy for me because I don’t cling to my life for my own sake. The only value I place on my life is to finish what God started: the job the Master Jesus gave me of letting everyone I meet know all about this incredibly extravagant generosity of God, His grace (vs 24)’
Beloved, what will it take to get us to that level of awareness and consciousness such that even when the storms close in on our positions, we will not be moved? To get to that point where we are so immersed in the assignments our father has given to us that we choose to cling only to Him and ignore everything else? That was the kind of relationship Paul had- he banked his all on God- and that, we can also do.
Remember # it takes a personal relationship with God to remain clinging to Him, even in trying times.