DAY 28: Finish the Work!

Read: Acts 20:1-38

Think: Paul’s passion for the Good News is inspiring! In Acts 20:24, he says, “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” But Paul also reminds us that telling others the Good News is…work! It requires that we (1) know what we believe, and (2) articulate it clearly so that others will understand that it is based on the love and forgiveness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Act: A.T. Pierson wrote a biography about 19th century pastor, George Muller, titled, George Muller of Bristol: His Witness to a Prayer Hearing God. Muller founded orphanages in Britain in which he fed, housed and clothed 1000’s of orphans. Pierson’s 462 page book is filled with stories of George Muller’s love for sharing the Gospel with people of all ages. One particular story details how a dear friend of Muller’s refused to give his life to Christ for 63 years. Not until Muller’s funeral did his beloved friend surrender his life to Christ! Is there someone in your life who continually resists the Gospel and refuses to give his or her life fully to God? Don’t give up on them. Today, make a decision to finish the work God has given you—to tell them about the wonderful grace of God—no matter how long it takes until they believe!

Pray: Dear Lord, forgive me if I’ve been lazy or impatient or frustrated with those who resist You. Remind me, every day, that You are forgiving and loving and patient. Give me an extra measure of Your Holy Spirit to become more like You. Teach me to pray in expectation for those who do not know You—to never give up and finish the work You’ve assigned to me! I love you, Lord. Amen.

Be full of faith today!