KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 20:19 ” Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:”
Apostle Paul told the leaders of the church in Ephesus that he served with much tears. He says in Philippians 2:12 that we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling. He says these things with the understanding that, we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that everyone may receive the things done in the body, whether it be good or bad. He added, knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men. God is not a respecter of men.
It is rather unfortunate that these days, some people hide behind the teachings of the grace God to do all kinds of things. Dear child of God, grace under no condition gives anyone license to sin. Grace rather empowers us or endues us with the ability to live an excellent life. It is in this light that Apostle Paul reminds the brethren in Rome, that is in Romans 6:14, that sin shall not have dominion over them, because they are not under the law, but under grace. Every leader must therefore take heed to himself or herself first before the Church of God. (Acts 20:28) If you fail to do so, you may be like the sand paper. Sand paper is used to polish wooden surfaces, smoothen it and makes it look very polished and clean. After using it, it is thrown away. That would not be your portion in Jesus name.
Paul also endured trials from the Jews, yet never gave up or acted in any way unseemingly. In all these things his ministry was not blamed. 2nd Corinthians 6:3 “Giving no offence in anything that the ministry be not blamed.” He stood in all these difficult times. May you receive grace and ability to overcome any challenge that Satan would throw at you.
Paul said ” But in all things, approving ourselves as ministers of God in much patience, in afflictions, necessities, in distresses.” (2nd Corinthians 6:3)
In verse 20 of Act 20, Paul said that he kept back nothing that was profitable unto the brethren. He did this by actions and teaching. In actions, he meant by example. The greatest teaching that any leader can give his followers is a good example. It always takes discipline to be a good example. You must bring yourself under the rules. He is saying by this, he poured his life unto them. May your life be an example unto others.
Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that by your grace I may endure every attack of the enemy, that my service unto you, would not be blamed. May my life be an example unto many in Jesus name.
Acts 20:33” I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.”
Acts 20:26 ” Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. “