Acts 20:22-24 “An now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”
I love the stories of Paul. His conversion and then his undying devotion and commitment to Christ and sharing the good news. Paul was a man seeking God in every way possible.
In the book of Acts we read about his travels to different lands, the encounters he has there and the faith he has in the journey.
And yet Paul was a man that faced persecution, actual physical persecution. He was warned that hardships and prison were likely facing him on his travels and yet he boldly goes anyways…why?
Because he knows that his life is worth nothing in light of the gospel, the Christ.
His only “job” was to share the saving grace of Christ with others.
A calling that is for us here today, but how often do I pursue it as bodily as Paul did?
The reality is that I often place my worth in people, places and things. I want to appear worthy, I want to be worthy in the eyes of those around me.
I stress and I worry about what people might be thinking, I get stuck in the comparison game and struggle with jealousy. I forget that I have the great opportunity to be a vessel of Christ’s love to others and instead I strive to be a perfect wife/mother/friend. And for what?
Paul had it figured out.
Maybe it was enough times of hardship, maybe it was having seen the real life man of Jesus in person…I don’t know, but he knew that his worth was nothing in light of the good news.
I seek God every day so that I can continue to shed this need to be something I am not. To find my worth in others.
Instead in this seeking I hope to find that place that I am confident in who God created me to be and I can start to use my talents and gifts for His glory alone.
I am a work in progress, that is for sure. But knowing that this refining brings me closer to God…well that makes it all worth it.
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