RE Verse reading–Acts 20:17-35 (day six)  “You yourselves know. . .how I was with you, the whole time”  (vs 18)  As we said earlier in the week, finishing was important to Paul.  It should be important to us.  A job partially done should be regarded as a broken promise.  A few years is not enough when we commit ourselves to forever.  Faithfulness at the end of a project is more valuable than enthusiasm at the beginning.  Do not be surprised that discouragement comes.  Work through it and stay on the job!  Is there work still to do in your marriage?  Your parenting?  Your commitment to Christ?  ” I have finished the race”, Paul will say in 2 Timothy.  Not safety, not success (in the eyes of the world), not fulfillment.  Finishing the assignment that God gave him was his priority.  It must be ours as well.  “I was not disobedient to this heavenly vision” (Acts 26:19)  May the same be said of us!

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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