Finishing with Joy

Acts 20:24  “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”

June is graduation month.  We watch as family and friends receive their degree or diploma. I saw an article this year where a 103-year-old lady graduated from college. I also saw an article about a 12-year-old boy who is graduating from high school. Each individual had completed the course and has earned his diploma/degree.

In Acts 20:24, the apostle Paul is talking about completing his life’s ministry in spite of the trying times and hardships. By the grace of God, Paul was determined to finish the course.  Each of us must face the trials and hardships of the Christian life.  Perhaps it’s time to ask yourself, “Will I continue on by the grace of God, or will I be sidetracked from my ministry? I think it is fair to say that none of us possess the stamina and determination of the Apostle Paul. We do have the same God. Let me share three things that might be a help in crossing the finish line.

Each of these is from the verse quoted above.

   1. Paul knew how to prioritize. He put completing the task over personal pleasure.

   2. Paul knew what he had.  He had a serious responsibility.

   3. Paul knew what he had personally received. He received his ministry from God.

I cannot stress enough that each of us has a ministry. It is something that God wants us to do, and he has equipped us to do it. Maybe it is time for serious look at your life and your ministry. What are you counting as dear to you? Do your personal priorities match the priorities that God has for you? Are you sidetracked by the cares of the world? Has discouragement come your way causing you to want to quit? Completing God’s task for your life is a wonderful thing. I challenge you today to finish your course with joy.

If you have never received Christ as your Savior, your number one priority is to receive him today.  John 14:6, “Jesus saith onto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh onto the father, but by me.”  (For help, call 424-4673.)


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