17 From Miletus, Paul sent for the elders of the church at Ephesus. 18 When they arrived, he spoke to them. “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you,” he said. “From the first day I came into Asia Minor, 19 I was free of pride. I served the Lord with tears. I served him even though I was greatly tested by the evil plans of the Jews. 20 You know I haven’t let anyone keep me from preaching anything that would be helpful to you. I have taught you in public and from house to house. 21 I have told both Jews and Greeks that they must turn away from their sins to God. They must have faith in our Lord Jesus. 22 “Now I am going to Jerusalem. The Holy Spirit compels me. I don’t know what will happen to me there. 23 I only know that in every city the Spirit warns me. He tells me that I will face prison and suffering. 24 But my life means nothing to me. I only want to finish the race. I want to complete the work the Lord Jesus has given me. He wants me to give witness to others about the good news of God’s grace.
Thinking about a person who has personally touched your life and had a great impact on you, are you able to identify how they were able to
have such an impact? What did
they do that was different?
Here, and elsewhere in scripture, the Bible suggests that to be truly effective, to lead well and see growth in others, we need to live life in fellowship and community, investing in one another through relationship.
God help me to do life well with other people. Help me to seek Godly mentorship and leadership in all spheres and help me to grow and be an example and support for others.
Written by Justin Ware