If Jesus comes back tomorrow, would he find me here faithfully serving His people?
Thursday, August 26, 2021
By Dan and Kim Spahn, Journey Small Group Leaders
“Paul answered: ‘I am now standing before Caesar’s court, where I ought to be tried. I have not done any wrong to the Jews, as you yourself know very well. If, however, I am guilty of doing anything deserving death, I do not refuse to die.’” — Acts 25:10-11
Paul is sure of God’s promise to bring him to Rome to share the Gospel. Still being deterred, still being questioned, still being tried like a criminal. But Paul, faithful and true, unwavering in his trust of God and God’s plan for his life, continues to share the Gospel boldly.
What an amazing kind of faith! I should strive to live in this way! If Jesus comes back tomorrow, would he find me here faithfully serving His people, boldly sharing His Gospel, firmly clinging to His Word?
“Father, make me a faithful person, a person who would shine in this world, holding firmly to the Word. Make me confident that you have gone before me and give me the grace and strength to live as those just passing through, on our way to our heavenly home. Amen.”
Now You Try
Read Acts 25:13-27
Get to a place where you can focus and read the daily Scripture passage several times. Take time to read and allow God to speak to you. Write down the one or two verses that stick out. Even consider rewriting the verse(s) in your own words.
Make a basic observation about the scripture you just read. What stood out? Was something repeated? What is the author trying to communicate? What does the Scripture passage teach you about God? What does it teach you about humanity?
Ask, “What does this verse(s) mean for my life?” How might this verse affect your heart — how you feel? How does this verse challenge your thinking? How does it affect your will, asking, “What changes do I need to make in my life as a result of this passage of Scripture?”
Write out a prayer to God. Scripture is God speaking to you, take this moment to speak back. Take a moment to say, “Thank you,” confess to Him what needs to change, or ask for something that is on your heart.