Tuesday 9 August, 2016
18 Paul stayed in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sisters and sailed for Syria. Priscilla and Aquila went with him. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchreae. He did this because he had made a promise to God. 19 They arrived at Ephesus. There Paul said goodbye to Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and talked with the Jews. 20 The Jews asked him to spend more time with them. But he said no. 21 As he left, he made them a promise. “If God wants me to,” he said, “I will come back.” Then he sailed from Ephesus. 22 When he landed at Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem. There he greeted the church. He then went down to Antioch. 23 Paul spent some time in Antioch. Then he left and traveled all over Galatia and Phrygia. He gave strength to all the believers there.
Corinth to Syria, to Ephesus, to Caesarea, to Jerusalem, to Antioch, from place to place through Galatia, and Phrygia.
This was a man on the move, teaching, spreading the Gospel, and strengthening the disciples. What impact he must have had, not only on churches, but on individuals. This leads me to ponder the people who have moved into my life, bringing encouragement and teaching, impacting my life for Christ. I can think of many, some whom I no longer have contact with, but were significant.
As I journey through life, I too want to leave a legacy with people that my life brushes up against. Subsequently, from the passage today, I am drawn to pray that my life will be increasingly significant to others for God, and this might unfold in large ways, but also in the simple moments of time.
To love as Christ loved, and to bring the sweet aroma of Him upon all interactions. Amen
Written by Steve Fell
Thanks Steve for your reflections this morning. I want to encourage you that you have certainly had an impact on my life at more than a handful of points along the way, and the way you and Cathy have parented (and continue to parent your grown up kids) has been such a great example for me. I’m praying that you can continue having this impact and that it increases as you continue to draw nearer to Him!