I Served the Lord
Leviticus 20-22; Acts 20
“I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews…I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me…”
Acts 20:19, 24
Paul lived with a deep inner call that fueled his life and ministry. That call was first to the Lord Jesus and the proclamation of the gospel. Paul’s life was not his to preserve and promote. He had surrendered his life to Jesus and now lived for the glory of God. However, even that total sacrifice and surrender of his life was nothing in which to take pride. Paul’s service was marked by great humility and tears – the overflow of a heart full of God’s love and forgiveness. Completing the race of faith that Jesus had given him became Paul’s primary goal at the close of his active traveling ministry. As Jesus was being lifted up, Paul was decreasing.
“Lord Jesus, may you increase and I decrease; may your name and glory be my focus as I run this race of faith.”