RE Verse reading–Acts 20:17-35 (day four) “In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak” (vs 35) Many modern believers misunderstand the place of work in our gospel. Starting as we should from Ephesians 2:9 (“Not by works (ergon) lest any man should boast”), we rightly claim salvation as a gift by grace through faith alone. Many, however, never find an appropriate balance for Philippians 2:12 “work out (kata ergon) your salvation with fear and trembling”. In Acts 20, Paul’s word choice is picturesque. It was the word used for harvest. It pictured the hot, sweaty, urgent work of bringing in crops. The first hearers all knew exactly what was being required. May the Lord give us the same vision for our own lives. Hard work is God’s will for us. It is the only way the weak can be helped. As the old hymn says, “We’ll work till Jesus comes.” Sing with me, will you?