Acts 20:24 The Main Goal

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24

Paul had been traveling all around to Gentile cities preaching the gospel message. He now feels led to go back to Jerusalem. He was run out of there by the Jews and so would not know what would happen when he goes there. He does know that everywhere he went he had to face persecution and prison a lot. He now says that, to himself, his life is worthless. His whole goal in life is to do what Jesus wants him to do–to preach the gospel message.

There are many books on the shelves on how to succeed in just about anything you want to succeed in. Thousands of books are written on how to succeed in making money. Everyone has the “key” to success. Speakers travel all around the country and world talking about how to be successful.

The most common thread in all of the ways how to succeed is to have a goal. You are to set your mind on a goal and how to achieve it. Then you are to go for it with everything in you.

The world looks at success in measuring what you have or don’t have as to whether you are successful or not.

Paul look at success as completing the task Jesus gave him to do. Jesus had the view of success in completing the work the Father gave Him to do.

Jesus has a plan for you. He has a work for you to do. The bottom line of that plan for you is to be like Jesus and to tell everyone you can about Jesus.

The plans Jesus has for you are for eternal value. The plans the world has for you to succeed are only temporary, in this life alone.

Where is your focus and aim today? Are you striving to be more like Jesus? Are you working hard at telling others about Jesus? Or are you working hard to get rich and have a great retirement plan set up? What is your goal today?

I pray today that Jesus will impress up your heart His goals for your life; that you will know the plans Jesus has for you; that you will aim to do the work Jesus has for you to do; that you will be more like Jesus everyday; and that Jesus will draw many to Himself through you.

John 19:30 Finishing

“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, It is finished. With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30

Jesus had been arrested and crucified. Things were happening just the way He stated that they would. As He was hanging on the cross there came a point where He stated that it was finished and He gave up His spirit and died.

It is very easy to look at the crucifixion of Jesus and believe that it was the people who killed Jesus. Yes, it was the people who arrested Him, and the people who put Him on the cross. However, it was Jesus Himself who allowed Himself to actually die.

Previously Jesus had told the disciples that He was freely laying down His life. He also told Pilate that he had no power to do anything to Him except what was given him by God. No one actually had the power to kill Jesus unless it was given them.

Before Jesus died, He had a work to finish. He had come to do whatever the Father wanted Him to do. Until that was done, His work was not done. The ultimate reason for Jesus to come to the earth was to save all mankind. It was not just to teach how to be good and how to love others, or just to heal people of sickness. It was to save them.

The only way Jesus could save men was to die for them. At the point of this happening, His work on this earth was finished. It was then that He gave up His Spirit and died.

God has you on this earth for a purpose, or even many purposes. Until everything that God wants you to do, you are not done. Do not give up. Keep going forward.

Seek God on what you are supposed to be doing. Do it with all that you have. Do not stop until it is accomplished. Do not sit back and think that you have made it. Until God calls you home in death, you have work to be done here on this earth. Finish the task that you have to do.

I pray today that God will reveal what He wants you to do; that God will give you the strength to do His work; that you will not stop the work early; and that God will use you to bring many to a saving knowledge of Jesus.