And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:22-24
Not to get political, but there is a quote attributed to John Wesley that has been repeated by a political candidate that seems to fit here as a guide in this race of life: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” (Fact check says maybe not from JW.) I think the part that we forget about today is that Paul gave over his life without expectations – without expectations of reward, accolade, or notoriety. The selflessness of his service to the Lord is humbling and his courage is overwhelming. Can we finish the race and complete our task to the Lord in the manner of Paul?
Dear Lord, please guide us in this race of life. Help us to see those things that are truly part of the task that You have given us to complete. Help us use our strengths, courage, and mind in finding Your grace. Amen.