What I read today;

Exodus 38; 1 Chronicles 12-13; Psalm 82; Jeremiah 16; Acts 20; Revelation 5-6

As I get older, I sense times passing more quickly.  Each year seems to fly by faster and faster.  It seems like yesterday I was graduating high school, entering the Air Force, moving to Seattle, driving to Colorado watching the birth of my two children and getting married.

Now, even though those memories are still crystal clear in my mind, I see that time has caught up to my now 53-year-old body, and the aches and pains that life has built up are there to greet me each morning.

Paul was coming to the end of his missionary journey.  He understood that this ending would be permanent.  Paul had a vision that he was about to endure a trial like none that he’d ever gone through before.  But he was ready.  Paul was heading to Jerusalem to do God’s bidding.  He was going there to face the religious leaders who had trained him and raised him.

But Paul was going willingly.  He was ready to do the will of God no matter what.  He was willing to put it all on the line.  Paul knew that this life was short.  He knew that what waited on the other side was what mattered.  That’s why he could say to his friends in Ephesus;

Acts 4 vs. 24, “But I do not count my life of any value to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of God’s grace.”

Everything in Paul’s life pointed toward the grace that Jesus had shown him on that road to Damascus.  His entire being was consumed by that grace.  He knew what Jesus had done for him.

Focus on what Jesus has done for you this day!  Think about his incredible grace and mercy towards you and me.  Then go and live today for him.  Live to finish the ministry he’s given to you.

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