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The privilege of being a messenger

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Acts 20:17–25 ESV
17 Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. 18 And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; 20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, 21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. 24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. 25 And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.

The greater message we can preach is the one we live

Acts 20:18 ESV
18 And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia,
How is your testimony? Do you share it ?

Serve God through the good and the bad times

Acts 20:19 ESV
19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;
Tears are part of the ministry. Trials are part of our lives. The storms hit’s every boat and everyone. What changes is the way you react.

Being guided by God

Acts 20:23 ESV
23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.
He was sensitive of the Holy Spirit,
How much of your life you let the holy spirit guide you?

Its more valuable then your own life!

Acts 20:24 ESV
24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Paul understood that nothing is more valuable than serve God.
ministry is not a burden it’s a privilege.
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