Day 3: Acts 20:22-24 New Living Translation (NLT)
22 And now I am bound by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem. I don’t know what awaits me,
23 except that the Holy Spirit tells me in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead.
24 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.
In this chapter the Apostle Paul has summoned the elders of the Ephesian Church to say goodbye because he knows he will probably not see them again.
In verse 22 we enter his speech at a tense time. We read that Paul didn’t know what awaited him, he even had reason to believe it was bad. But that didn’t trouble him, why?
The love of Christ compelled him in everything he did or said. Paul knew that no matter what he faced, he could trust in God. He could give it over to God even when he didn’t know what would happen – can we say we are doing the same in this situation?
At this time we may not know what is ahead of us but like Paul we can trust God, the love of Christ can compel us. There is hope in the dark!
Paul declares the bold statement that his life is worth nothing unless he can use it for finishing the work assigned to him by the Lord – the work of telling others the Good News.
Paul does not count his own life as anything when in comparison to God and how he can serve Him.
Just like Paul we are all called to tell others the Good News, it is our assignment! So let me ask you what are you doing during this season to share the Good News, what have you done this week, what can you do today?
During this pandemic people need some hope in the dark, they need the Good News, they need an encounter with Jesus. A moment with Jesus changes everything and you could be the person that leads someone into that moment!
Inspired by Paul’s passion I urge you to go and do all you can at this time to share the Good News and to bring some hope in this dark time!
Ps Sophie McGuinness