Daily Scripture Reading: Acts 20
Well Prepared Farewell’s
It is hard to be prepared for goodbyes. The best way to be ready is to always give your best. In Acts 20, we find an inspiring and heartfelt passage that carries profound lessons for our faith journey. The apostle Paul's farewell address to the elders of the Ephesian church is a poignant moment filled with wisdom and love. He loved the church and wanted to remind them that he gave them everything they would need to continue without him.
Paul felt called to continue journeying to Jerusalem, he knew that challenges and trials awaited him. Despite the uncertainty of the path ahead, he remained steadfast in his commitment to the gospel. This teaches us the importance of unwavering faith in the face of adversity. Just as Paul trusted in God's plan, we too must hold onto our faith when life's trials loom large.
Paul continues to emphasize serving others. Paul's ministry was marked by humility and selflessness (even if he comes off as boastful from time to time). He worked tirelessly to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ and to build up the church. His life serves as a powerful reminder that we are called to serve and care for one another. In a world often driven by self-interest, Acts 20 challenges us to adopt a servant's heart and prioritize the needs of others.
As Paul bid farewell to the Ephesian elders, his words echoed with a sense of urgency. He warned of false teachers and encouraged vigilance in protecting the faith. This highlights the need for spiritual discernment and a firm foundation in God's Word. In a world filled with competing ideologies, we must hold fast to the truth of Scripture.
1. Where do you need encouragement in your life?
2. How have you had to say goodbye in your life?
3. What do you hope others remember about you when you are gone?
Our Heavenly Father, give us the encouragement to make it through our adversities, no matter the size. Send your Holy Spirit to guide us along your path, in the face of challenges. Let us grow in relationship with Jesus Christ. In Your Holy Name we pray, Amen.
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