Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.
When I was reading Acts 18 about Paul’s trip to Corinth I could see how Paul was always in contact with the Lord and always teaching about Jesus and leading them to repentance and baptizing them. God told him I have many people in this city. I personally think he was speaking about many unbelievers and well as many Christians.
I have to really work on being a better disciple: This is a serious call on my life to not be taken lightly. That is all Paul did was preach salvation and good news 24-7.
We are all called to go into the world and make disciples of the Lord also. Can I honestly say that that is my main focus when I leave my home and go to work? I know we live in the world and are not of the world but do I have making disciples my utmost important focus for my day?
This is something for me to really think about today…..
Just like in the day of Paul’s mission trips hearing the good news was not an easy issue. In the verse for today God was giving Paul assurance that no one could hurt him for spreading the good news of salvation on his mission trips.
Even today no one really wants to hear the good news but we are called to preach it every day and we too are protected by God. This is not an easy job. We heard it and responded. We must continue and spread what we heard and offer to others.
Yesterday’s verse of the day comments were quite different from today. I rejoiced in the fact that it is complete, free and we did nothing to earn it and I was very excited and praising God for the free gift that I had not earned. I was excited and praises abounded. Those feelings are still there but in today’s scripture I know we still have to do our part and that is spread the good news of salvation to a lost and hurting world. It’s our call to Love and make disciples of every nation.
Don’t just keep the excitement to myself only?
It’s like this verse: James 2 14- 17
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
This is a deep and difficult understanding I know. It opens the door for discussion of eternal salvation, once save always saved and other discussions about salvation but can I be saved if I don’t work for God. Well I don’t think the rewards will be to impressive in the end.
1 Corinthians 3 13-15
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built there upon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
I want to try and get to a place where I too can listen to God as Paul did. Can I hear God speak to me in a small still voice? Sometimes I do when I am turned to him. I hear and feel his presence sometimes very clearly and at other times I strain to hear him.
I realize today that when I have a lot of things going on in my life and I am straining to hear from God I tend to concentrate on problems instead of God and soon I can’t hear that small still voice speaking to me because I have too many things in the way. When things start to get uncomfortable and difficult I have to stop and settle down and then when I am at peace I start to hear from God again.
Clearing my mind every morning is something I do and have been doing for quite a while now but I have not mastered bringing that peace into a busy world. I do find that keeping one verse on my mind all day does help me to stay focused on him but as I get involved with the world, work and everything else my attention starts falling away and before I realize it I am totally not focused on God and leave him far behind. Then things start falling away from his plan for me.
So today as I move into another blessed day given to me let me focus on how to be a good disciple of God like Paul and only focused on him. Let me learn how to walk totally in submission to Gods will for my life and share the good news.
Well I have a lot to think about today.
I ask myself this question today, am I really working for God’s good news or am I more concerned about me?
Today is Sunday let me give him all of my attention and thank him for what he has done.
David W. Aucoin
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David W. Aucoin