Journal Entry by Lester Salanoa
S – Scripture: Acts 20:24 NIV
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace of the Lord”
O - Observation
Luke writes about the hardships facing the Apostle Paul, who continues to persist through the unrelenting pressures from the religious leaders of the time. Yet Paul (major contributor in spreading the gospel throughout Asia, death threats and imprisonment), resolves to continue in carrying out the mission in spreading the good news of God’s grace with unwavering faith.
A - Application
What a great encouragement we have through the life of the Apostle Paul, that if we would make ourselves available for God to convict our hearts just as he did Paul, who knows what can happen!?
Paul lived his Christian life with utter conviction of the power of Jesus and literally committed his entire life to God's cause, and he could not have stayed on the course through all his hardships unless he was completely consumed and compelled by the love of God that he gave all he had to tell the world of Jesus.
2 Corinthians 12:9 Jesus say’s “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”.
Jesus is the perfecter of our faith!
P - Prayer
Jesus, may you continue to compel our hearts with your overwhelming love to the point where we have no choice but to tell everyone about you, because if you are for us then who can be against us.
As we get to know you more and more, may we be bold enough to strike up conversations about your love because if the “worst case scenario” is that people would tell us to go away, then I am willing because you did not die on a cross, half naked and beaten beyond recognition so that I may be fearful that my feelings get hurt. Jesus you are everything.