SUMMARY: Finish well
OVERVIEW: Paul says goodbye to the church elders at Ephesus, challenging them to care for their flock as he travels to serve the Lord.
BIG IDEA: Be faithful in all God has called you to do.
KEY VERSE: Acts 20:24 (Paul to the elders)
But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I have a purpose for you. I am pouring myself into you so that you can pour yourself into what I have called you to do. Stop obsessing over what you can get out of life and start getting excited about what you can put into life. You will be disappointed if you judge your quality of living by how much recognition, adventure, wealth, status, pleasure, or comfort you have. But you will have no regrets if you give your all to the work I have started in you.
When you put a radical trust in me, I make radical changes in you. I am molding you into someone who can endure life’s hardships, put disappointments into perspective, and overcome significant challenges as you focus on the job I have for you. Lean on other believers, devour my nourishing word, stay in constant contact with me. Pursuing the task I have set before you will not be easy, but you will experience me deeply as you run the race. I will make sure you cross the finish line.
What is the one crucial task God has given you? Are you doing it? Identify your most important goal. Pray about the obstacles you face. Ask God to help you do one thing today to further the goal he has set before you.
BONUS Video Clip
“Beat the best,” from The Express