Good afternoon church family
I really am finding the book of Acts fascinating at the moment, in fact I read over my quota today because I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. The life of the apostle Paul is deeply inspiring. He lived to grow the people of faith under his care and he did not only do so in word but in every way he lived his life. You see if we are truly serious about following Jesus then His words have to become more than words we know, they have to become life to us. We have to see ourselves as apprentices of the living Christ. So if Jesus asks us to be patient, we don’t just say God calls us as Christians to be patient, we actually participated in His Word and work at becoming more patient people. We become doers of the Word not just hearer, we become transformed, our characters and hearts are renovated by the power of His Holy Spirit. As we partner with Christ we come to be people who are inspiring not only in word but in deed also.
For example….“After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’ ” When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”” Acts 21:10-14 NIV
Paul didn’t just follow Jesus, he FOLLOWED Jesus! Thank God for people like Paul who show us what it is like to live a life of faith with dignity, courage and purpose. Hearing his story gives me the encouragement I need to continue on my journey seeking God to transform me and empower my actions in every area of my life. Are you willing to be an apprentice of Jesus?