KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 20:38. “Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.”
Apostle Paul brings his counsel to a close and knelt together with the brethren and prayed with them. They fell on his neck kissed him and started sorrowing.
They cried because he had told them that they were only seeing him for the very last time. Paul had served so diligently, so parting was a very sad event for them. One thing almost all humans cannot face is parting away from loved ones. These are events that we must all brace ourselves for. Men as mortals as we are, would one day have to part from each other.
Paul had told them they were not going to see him again. From apostle Paul’s experience with the brethren, we must take a clue to serve the body of Christ very diligently so we may leave a lasting influence on them. Parting should not be our focus but, the investment we make in them, bringing them into maturity in the Lord.
In Philippians 1:22, apostle Paul reveals his dilemma about whether to depart and go and be with the Lord or to stay in the flesh and serve the body of Christ. Philippians 1:23-24. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless, to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
He says that he chooses to stay, with one sole purpose; that he would keep blessing the Church of God. Let us all resolve to give every energy in us to serve Him in various ways possible. This is the reason we are still alive.
He saved me to serve Him I commit my life, time and energy to please Him, by serving the body of Christ in various Capacities. This is the real joy of living.
Acts 13:36 ” For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:”
John 9:4 ” I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”