Paul’s commitment to the Gospel

May 28th, 2009

I was reading through Acts chapter 20 the other day. This is where Paul talks with the Elders of the church at Ephesus before heading down to Jerusalem. I found this passage very inspiring.

As Paul shares with the Elders he tells them that the Holy Spirit has told him that there will only be trouble and strife for him from now on. Verse 20 says, “I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me”. Despite this Paul says the Holy Spirit is compelling him to continue on and he wants to obey.

Paul’s next words in verse 21 shows his true commitment to the Gospel and what his life is really about. He says, “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace”.

Despite the beatings, the calls for his death, the hardship and  the endless sufferings, the Apostle Paul’s whole life was about telling people about the Good News that God loves them and that Christ died for them so they could live for eternity with Him. Paul saw his whole life in light of the call that God has given him and he wanted desperately to finish the race placed before him.

As I read this passage God did something to my heart. I felt that tremedous call and honour to preach the Gospel reverberate inside me afresh. All I could do was weap and marvel at Paul’s commitment to the Gospel and my own call that God has given me. Once I finished weaping, all I could do was pray.

My prayer…

Heavenly Father, I pray that I would have that same commitment to preach the Gospel that Paul did. Help me to share your love with those around me and help me to introduce people to Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen

If you are a Christian reading this today. Perhaps you could have a read of Acts chapter 20 and then maybe catch some of what I caught a few days ago? Maybe you could even pray the prayer from above? I really believe we need more people with that fire in their bellies to preach the Gospel…maybe it could be you?

God Bless,

Dave