Acts 20: 24.
But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned to me by the Lord Jesus—the work about telling others about the good news and the wonderful grace of God.
Paul the preacher, the evangelist, experienced a dramatic conversion that motivated him to enthusiastically preach the cross of Christ in ways that the listener could understand. His message was powerful and honest. He pulled no punches. He called it as it was, rebuking when necessary and encouraging when he could. He did not preach notions, or controversy, relevancy, or affairs of the state or government. This sincere evangelist preached faith and repentance, motivated by the powerful influence of the Holy Spirit within him and the steadfast ‘grace’ of His faithful God, whom he had come to love and trust. Paul knew that God’s grace didn’t end with forgiveness, but, on the contrary, God’s vast, extravagant grace had only just begun. He had to get the Word out at all cost. What his life ‘was’ and what it held in store, paled in comparison to the glorious transformation that he had experienced through Christ and passionately desired for others to come to know. His life paled in comparison to God’s lavish grace and his physical life paled in comparison to the glorious eternal life that lie ahead for him in death. Paul’s miraculously transformed life was all about his Lord and Savior and the people had to hear this Good News, at all cost…Yes, even if it meant imprisonment, torture and ultimate death for his faith Paul felt compelled to get the Word of Truth out, not only into the heads but more importantly into the hearts of people. Absolutely nothing held him back! What hold you back from sharing the glorious message of the life changing power of Christ in a life? Let’s be challenged to say today with Paul,
“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned to me by the Lord Jesus—the work about telling others about the good news and the wonderful grace of God.
So ~ are the rats are winning in your life? Those icky, ugly subjects that just keep creeping into your world from all manner of corners? Are the enemies, whatever they might be, closing in on your space, leaving you feeling claustrophobic, maybe weakened and ready to give up? Addictions to sinful ways, that maybe you want desperately to let go of but can’t? Has some sort of failure left you ready to throw in the towel and forget life? Well, beautiful soul, if the rats are winning, stop feeding them, because you see, If we feed them with attention, negative thinking, fear, worry or maybe compromise, without doubt they will take the lead and eventually win! Rather than being caught and dealt with, they catch and deal. Ahh, yes, but the good news is this ~ as believers in a Sovereign God, full of grace and mercy, we have within our reach a potential and powerful element to aid us in dealing with the unpleasantries, addictions, hard places and hard knocks of life’s bad choices! As followers of Christ we are not vulnerable to the sin that tries to ensnare but we are totally secure in the one true God, who is over and above all, and we can know that we can know, that the Christ of the Cross has brought us victory over the evil one and his relentless counterparts. So today, yeah you, today ~ get up and face it head on! Do you know Him personally? Because if you do, there is not room for rats in your life and we need to clean up and out-smart them by using the right bait! Above all, Stand firm in the Light of Truth and claim the powerful words and promises of Christ! Submit to God and watch the rats scurry helter skelter to find a safer location far away from the victorious promises of God that threaten to take them out.
James gives us such powerful advice in his letter to the twelve tribes and to us today, in James 4: 7
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands , you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double minded…..humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up.”
Just do it and beat the rats at their own game today.