THE COST OF SERVING JESUS………
“From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church. And when they had come to him, he said to them: “You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews; how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 20:17-21……….
The apostle Paul is an amazing example of being fully sold out to Jesus. Though many of us including myself who serve the Lord don’t pay a price nearly as high as he did, there are three words in the scriptures above that I believe are key in serving Jesus with our whole hearts and lives.
We must be humble before God and others. We must repent when His Spirit convicts us we have not been.
We will likely have tears at times as we learn daily to die to self and live for Christ.
We will face trials but can find love, hope, peace, joy, strength, wisdom, mercy, forgiveness, fellowship, and comfort in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us serve Jesus with our whole hearts. Let us humble ourselves before the Lord. Let us pour out our hearts and tears to Him as we draw closer and closer to Him. And let us seek Him and rest in Him and take comfort in Him as we go through the trials of this life.
And, friend, let us glorify the Lord through it all, AMEN!