“Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus” (Acts 15:26).
“And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, COME OVER INTO MACEDONIA, AND HELP Us” (Acts 16:9).
Nothing quite like reading the Book of Acts to get a spiritual recharge. Prayerfully pondering the chapters of this book can and should bring about a renewed vision and rekindled fire in one’s soul for reaching the lost for Christ!
I had the opportunity to read Acts 15 and 16 this morning. Yes sir!!!
If you want a passion for souls, a desire to reach the lost, and a spiritual boost that might propel you to reach out to the unreached saturate your heart and mind with the words found in this book.
The pages of the New Testament, as well as church history, are filled with examples of men who willingly surrendered themselves, and risked their lives, for Christ and the cause of Christ in this world. Men and women who chose to live lives of eternal significance, rather than temporal success!
God is still looking for such men!!!
Though not a man, 🙂 I like what one female missionary in Africa wrote:
People often ask if I think my life is dangerous, if I am afraid. I am much more afraid of remaining comfortable. Matthew 10: 28 tells us not to fear things that can destroy the body but things that can destroy the soul. I am surrounded by things that can destroy the body. I interact almost daily with people who have deadly diseases, and many times I am the only person who can help them. I live in a country with one of the world’s longest-running wars taking place just a few hours away. Uncertainty is everywhere. But I am living in the midst of the uncertainty and risk, amid things that can and do bring physical destruction, because I am running from things that can destroy my soul: complacency, comfort, and ignorance. I am much more terrified of living a comfortable life in a self-serving society and failing to follow Jesus than I am of any illness or tragedy. Jesus called His followers to be a lot of things, but I have yet to find where He warned us to be safe. We are not called to be safe, we are simply promised that when we are in danger, God is right there with us. And there is no better place to be than in His hands.
God is looking for men and women that will surrender, go, and risk it all for Christ and the cause of Christ. Men who will lay aside their personal dreams, desires, long sought after ambitions, comfort and convenience, safety, and security, living with eternity on their mind and the great needs of the world on their heart. Men and women who willingly choose significance over success!
Are you and I willing to be that man?
Are we willing to live a lives of eternal significance rather than worldly success?
William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, which at one time was a hot-bed of evangelistic fervor for the poor and the needy was one of those men who rose to the challenge. The king of England once said to William Booth, “You are doing a great work – a great work, General Booth.” When the king asked William Booth to write in his autograph album, the old man – now 75 years old – bent forward, took the pen, and summed up his life’s work:
Some men’s ambition is art,
Some men’s ambition is fame,
Some men’s ambition is gold,
My ambition is the souls of men!
The great apostle Paul was willing to go where the need was great, where the door was open, and where he could make an eternal difference in the lives of others, especially among the unreached peoples of his time.
How about you and me?
Romans 15:20, Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation.
Are you looking for a life of ETERNAL SIGNIFICANCE? If so, follow Paul’s pattern!
Just taking a few moments to reflect on Paul’s passion!