Today’s Reading | Acts 20
Our Greatest Motivation
What is the one thing that motivates you more than anything else? What is it that occupies your time, your money and your thoughts? Sports? Music? Military Career? Video games? The computer? How would the Apostle Paul answer that question? He did so in today’s reading. This was an emotional time for Paul and these believers as they began to understand what was ahead. In his final talk to the Ephesian elders, he shared that the Holy Spirit had warned him many times about what he had to face in future days. His response was to continue with his ministry. The reason for his commitment is stated in verse 24. He wanted to finish the task that God had given him. If that meant imprisonment, so be it. He wanted to be able to stand before God and know that he had accomplished God’s will for his life. What responsibility has God given to you? Are you working to complete it or only occasionally thinking about it? Is fulfilling your responsibility your primary motivation of life? Sadly, other things often motivate us more than fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives. Is something more important to you than that?
Make a list of all the activities you are involved in.
Of those, which ones are the most important to you?
Which ones will be important when you stand before God?
What needs to change in order to have the task God called you to become the most important thing in your life?