Good morning everyone! Sorry for the late post! I slept into 9 today. Let's get started with chapter 20.
Paul once again receives a tip that the Jews were plotting to kill him. He makes a smart move and travels around the threat and back through Macedonia. Notice how Luke uses the pronoun "we" meaning Luke was also traveling with them. The even up in Troas were Paul preaches and everyone breaks bread together. During the long sermon, a man falls asleep and fall down three stories! Everyone takes him to be dead, but Paul looks at him and see life in him. The man returns home alive and everyone is comforted. This stories really makes me feel better when I'm tired in church. If someone fell asleep in Paul's sermon, then I won't feel as bad when I feel a bit drowsy. Do sermons put you to sleep? Or are you wide awake spiritually How can you keep from falling flat?
Paul is getting ready to set sail for Jerusalem. I love verse 24, "However, 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 - the task of testifying the gospel of God's grace." This verse reminded me of one of my favorite verses 1 Corinthians 9:24. "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize." How do you say goodbye to people you love? What do you suppose the Ephesians will miss about Paul?
In the race of doing God's will, are you in the front of the pack, one of the stragglers, or an onlooker?