· Paul traveled with his companions through Macedonia to Greece and back through Macedonia to Troas.
· Paul celebrated the Passover (feast of unleavened bread)
· Paul taught on a Sunday evening a long time because he was leaving the next day.
· He taught so long that a young man fell asleep and fell out a third story window and died, but by God’s power Paul raised him from the dead and then finished speaking at daylight.
· Paul and his companions were traveling fast so Paul could het to Jerusalem by the day of Pentecost.
· He passed Ephesus and sailed to Miletus so he wouldn’t get sidetracked
· From there Paul sent for the elders of Ephesus
· Paul declared to them the following . . .
· He had served with humility and tears (care for them)
· He served faithfully though there were plots to kill him by the Jews
· He also preached the word boldly
· He told Jews and Greeks that they must repent and follow Jesus the Messiah
· He then shares that he is going to Jerusalem and that the holy Spirit told him there will be hardship waiting for him there
· He is not deterred for he is determined to finish the work God gave him which is to share the gospel
· He declares they will never see him again
· He also declares that he is innocent of the guilt of people because he has shared the whole will of God with everyone
· He then gives a last charge to the elders
· First they must care for their own spiritual health, and second they must continue to lead and care for the believers they have been charged to oversee
· He charges them to shepherd the sheep that Jesus gave his life for
· He warns them that some will come to hurt the sheep but their charge is to protect the church
· He warns that these wolves may even come from within the church itself
· As Paul was diligent, they too should be diligent
· Paul then gives them his last charge
· He challenges them to keep their eye and energy on the Good News of God’s grace which is the way to eternal life
· He reminds them of how he worked hard not just for himself but to provide for others, and that they too should help the weak.
· He gives them the spiritual principle that it is better to give than to receive.
· Then he said goodbye and they wept together.
· There is a time and place for teachers to declare the word of God with no limits or clock watching. But this is the exception and not the rule.
· Elders and leaders of the church need to give concerted energy to care for their own soul
· The elders should take personal the spiritual life and health of the church they lead
· The main thing a church does is continue to share the good news in boldness
· The other thing that the church needs to do is care for those who are poor and weak
· The lives of Christians should be deeply intertwined and fully bonded.
Thanks for adopting me into your family by the sacrifice and resurrection of your son. May this good news continue to stir in me and become the center of my life. Open my eyes and heart to those I need to share with. Also open my eyes and heart to those around me who are in need. May my life be imbalanced, in that I give more than I receive. Help me love my brothers and sisters in Christ well that the watching world may know that we are Jesus’ disciples by the love we have for one another. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN
Posted on Tue, March 3, 2015
by Joel King