Read: Acts 20:1-38
But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. Acts 20:24
The Apostle Paul was laser-beam focused on the purpose that God had given to him, and in the face of persecution, suffering, setbacks and opposition, he wasn’t going to stop. God wanted Paul to tell people about Jesus, and he traveled all over the world doing it.
Some of us will be called to foreign missions, and most of us won’t. But here is the truth… ALL OF US (who are Christ followers) have been assigned, by the Lord Jesus, the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.
It’s your mission, your purpose, your assignment. Unlike Paul, we get lost in the distractions of life whether it be the pursuit of pleasure and wealth or discouragement from the trials that come our way. And our real assignment gets relegated to something we will do when it’s convenient and comfortable or when the pastor reminds us to.
Paul’s statement that, “My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus,” is profound, powerful and convicting. Are you using your life and time here on earth for your goals or God’s? Are you pushing through difficulties and trials with your eye on the prize or are you shrinking back from your assignment? Is your life about the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God, or is there something else that’s first in your life?
We won’t all live lives like the Apostle Paul, but we have all been given the same assignment. How’s it going? And what needs to change in your priorities for you to be faithful to what God has called you to?
Jesus, forgive me for putting my comforts and fears above your purpose for my life. Help me to live a life on purpose for you. Give me opportunities, empowerment, and courage to spread the Great News of your wonderful grace to the world around me, and to make that the top of my priority list. In Jesus’ name, amen.