Let’s look at the last words of Paul to his followers before he took leave of them, never to return:
“I have done the Lord’s work humbly and with many tears. I have endured the trials that came to me from the plots of the Jews. I never shrank back from telling you what you needed to hear, either publicly or in your homes. I have had one message for Jews and Greeks alike—the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord Jesus.
“And now I am bound by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem. I don’t know what awaits me, except that the Holy Spirit tells me in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead. 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.
“And now I know that none of you to whom I have preached the Kingdom will ever see me again. I declare today that I have been faithful. If anyone suffers eternal death, it’s not my fault, for I didn’t shrink from declaring all that God wants you to know. (Acts 20:20-27)
How can we live our lives for the maximum spiritual impact while on our journey?
Serve the Lord with humility. (V 19), having a servant’s heart. I most impact the lives of others by serving them. Serving the Lord IS serving others.
“Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” Philippians 2:7-8)
Have a MINDSET of humility.
“Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form,he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8)
The people saw Paul’s tears. He exuded love, patience, and understanding. In other words, his life was a demonstration of the life of Jesus Christ.
Grow in your knowledge of the Lord. (V20,21) .
Grow PERSONALLY: be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:1). Personal growth is beneficial to ourselves because it allows God to change us and to develop within us the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23). Our character is changed, and we become Christlike.
Grow PUBLICLY: Share your life in Christ with others, fulfilling Acts 1:8.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Our lives are to be clean, not wavering, not lukewarm. We are to have clear intentions and be a bright light.
“so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” (Philippians 2:15)
Other people’s lives are at stake! Like Paul in Acts 20:20 and 27, we are to keep back nothing, not shrinking away from sharing all that they need to hear. We speak out what we are living out.
Live a selfless life (Acts 20:22-24), sacrificing self for others’ benefit. Before acting or speaking, ask, “How will this help the cause of Christ? Let nothing—none of our own creature comforts—hold us back from living unto Christ, not unto self.
“Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.” (II Corinthians 5:14-15)
We can be bold for Christ because “living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.” (Philippians 1:21)
We need to present ourselves daily “as a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1) as it is our “reasonable service”. (This word reasonable means logical.)
Let us pray that we may finish our course with joy!
Lord, we want to be like Jesus. We want to be so totally committed and surrendered to You that others will be able to just look at us and be able to see You and follow You. Create in us that humble mindset coupled with self-sacrificing boldness that we need to fulfill Your Kingdom purposes in our lives. We pray that every life that crosses pathways with our lives will be impacted TO THE MAX for You! Thank You Lord. Amen.
Enjoy this beautiful worship song by Emmanuel Live (the worship group of our church)