But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God (Acts 20:24).
The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). The Scriptures declare that there's no other way. Be resolute about this. There are many groups who stake their lives to promote their cause. Many of us don't believe in their cause, but they stake their lives on a cause that we know isn't right. But our cause is right; how much then is it worth?
In my early teenage years, I made up my mind that since my cause was right, I was going to go all out for it. I made a decision that nothing on earth was strong enough to stop me; no offers on earth would distract me from the Gospel. It was a cause worth more than life, and it didn't matter to me what became of me for preaching it.
Back then, I'd pray, "Lord, if I have to walk through the valleys, and the hills, and the mountains of this world, never having a place to stay, I don't care; this Gospel is worth everything." It made no difference if I had to preach to the poorest of the poor and live among them so as to bring them to the light of the Gospel; I was ready!
The stakes have never been higher than they are today. Therefore, in your commitment to the Gospel, be like Paul; read again his inspiring resolve in our opening verse. You're the one that God is trusting with everything to save men's lives; to save them from hell, and carry the bloodstained banner of Jesus Christ around the world. This is the only way.
The Bible shows that there's no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12). If this is true, and thank God it is, then there's too much at stake. Everything about our lives, everything we say and do, should be filled with passion for Christ and His eternal message of salvation for mankind.
Dear Father, I thank you for counting me faithful, committing to me the ministry of reconciliation. I'm unwavering in my commitment to the Gospel, impacting men with the power of God's righteousness, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Acts 20:20-24; 1 Corinthians 9:16-17
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Hebrews 4:14-5:1-10 & Jeremiah 44-47
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
John 10:1-10 & 1 Chronicles 5