I happen to spend some time reflecting on Paul’s address to the Ephesian Elders in Acts 20:17 – 35 this week. What stood out to me was the manner in which Paul had invested in this group of leaders in the Ephesian church. For three years he taught them in the midst of difficult and threatening circumstances. He ministered boldly in public and house to house and without discrimination whether they are Jewish or Gentile. Paul was motivated to do these things by following the leading of the Spirit, a strong desire to finish well and giving his life away in love. All of it was very impacting and honoring to God. But I was quite stunned when I began to ponder my completion of this statement, “At the end of three years from today, I would like to have accomplished the following:”
I began to do the math on how old I will be that I’d have two kids in college and other “depressing”, er “opportunities” I’d be facing in three years. I also began to presume that if I wasn’t careful, the passage of three years could go by unnoticed like a warm gentle breeze. Reflecting on this welled in me a desire to make the next three years be marked by intentional investing in the things that will leave a lasting impact in the lives of people for God.
Let me ask you, how you would want to finish the statement: “At the end of three years from today, I would like to have accomplished the following:”
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