25 “Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. 26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you. 27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. 28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31 So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears. 32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. 35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” 36 When Paul had finished speaking, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. 37 They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. 38 What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.
Paul understood he had no time to waste. We have spent the last 2 years focusing at church on making disciples – and here is a perfect summary of just what that means. Clearly Paul has spoken the truth boldly, led by example and loved these people.
The question is, who am I doing these things with in my life? Am I speaking, living and loving like there may be no tomorrow? We cannot afford to put off our faith until later. Now is my moment. Just as Paul is speaking about the end of one season with his audience, so too are we living in ‘uncertain times’. That does not mean we should be afraid and anxious. Instead I need to be bold, loving with those in my world, just as Christ loves me every single day.
Jesus, thank you for all that you have done and are doing still because of your great love for me. Show me where I can be bold today. Help me Lord to love fearlessly. My I be a blessing to your kingdom by the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you Jesus! Amen
Written by Christine Knight