DATE POSTED Sunday, 2022-02-27
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: Acts 20:24; 26-28
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)
BIBLE TEXT: 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.
26 I declare today that I have been faithful. If anyone suffers eternal death, it’s not my fault, 27 for I didn’t shrink from declaring all that God wants you to know. 28 “So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood—over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as leaders.
APPLICATION: I remember the days when performance reviews were completed on me by my supervisors. Completing a self appraisal before the interview to discuss my annual performance was always eye-opening and extremely challenging. You see, there were many things that I thought my boss never knew about me, and therefore may not have been considered as they rated my performance. However, God had me think deeply and honestly about my actual performance – the way that He saw it. Generally, I was always pleased with the rating given by my supervisor, compared to the one I honestly gave myself. However, I’m not so sure that I will be as fortunate when I meet with God, and He challenges me on the assignment He gave for me to do as His representative here on earth. Perhaps my readers will take time to meditate on what that meeting might look like for each of you as well. I believe that way too much emphasis has been placed on the popular phrase that a Christian might expect to receive from God ‘Well done good and faithful servant’, especially when we have stayed so distant to the things of God and the commands given through His teachings to us. To our pastors and church leaders, I believe that Paul is deliberately telling you about his experience so that you might evaluate how you might be doing with the work and responsibility God has assigned to you. What an awesome and overwhelming thought to imagine that the God of this universe has assigned you the job of making sure His children are fed, warned and taught about His wonderful grace and His awesome power to save them from their sin. I hope that each of you will follow Paul’s example in vowing to give it all you have, until the day that God calls you home to glory. Aim for being able to say like Paul ‘my conscience is clear in knowing that I have given you the truth of God’s Word and taught you all about His wonderful grace’. If, however, you are guilty of not telling the people in your care about Jesus, I’m sure that the misery you will feel as you wait for your meeting with God, is more than you could stand. My desire today is that every reader will join hearts and voices with me in singing that old chorus ‘We’ll work til Jesus comes’ as you finish off your meditation today.
BLESSING(S) NOTED: We are told in God’s Word that a crown awaits those whom Jesus is pleased with, and those who have given their all in completing the assignment given to them by their King! Oh, what a day that will be!
PRAYER: Thank You Lord Jesus for providing the means for us to be purified, cleansed and made holy. The Word says that this is only possible because of Jesus, so I thank You Lord. Thank You also for Paul and his passion and commitment to serve You through sharing Your Word everywhere that he went. As Your representatives here on earth, I am convinced that You would have us continue that pattern established for us by Paul. We thrive on receiving a pat on the back, so we can’t wait to hear Your affirmation about our work while here on earth. Please encourage us with Your boldness and reassure us each day of Your presence with us in every way. For we desperately want our ministry to be all about You, Lord. Speak loudly through our witness so that the lost might be saved. AMEN!
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