None of These Shall Move Me!
“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24KJV)
The more I process this verse the more God implicates the practical importance. When work is crazy; none of these things shall move me. When the family is out order; none of these things shall move me. When the church folks are acting up; none of these things shall move me. Sidebar: A lot the translations leave out “None these shall move me.” King James is faithful in communicated this standard.
Paul’s journey revealed the important principle that he was not only in the business of establishing the church; he cared for the people. And to Paul, ministering to people in their personal sanctification is as important as the functions of the church. A common misnomer is that we focus on getting the lost converted, and typically disregard the discipleship process and care for people.
For me, as I drove my family on a 12hr road trip drown out road trip, my ministry at that point was to protect and to drive safely on the road. And none of these things shall move me. Ministry means more than winning some souls, more than preaching to the saints, ministry is complete when Christ is woven in every part of our fiber; not being moved by any circumstances.
Paul purposely went back through the certain cities to observe the growth and state of the church. He also took time to write letters, providing clarification on doctrine and practical ways believers should conduct themselves.
If we want be an example of men sold-out for ministry, we need show what a well-rounded life looks like in Christ. People need to see change, not another church building, but the change that derives from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. And none of these things shall move me. Juan Mendez graduated from the Colony of Mercy and now serves there full-time as a Chaplain. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: Holiness is not an option. We are called to live holy lives, and that means it is a divine requirement. Anything else is disobedience. That is why the Word is so strong on this subject: “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Michael L. Brown
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day; For surely there is a hereafter, And your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 23:17-18