The Life Work of Paul

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. (Acts 20:24 ESV)

The apostle Paul was beaten and imprisoned numerous times for preaching the gospel, nearing the point of death. But that did not stop him because he understood that people were hell bound if they did not learn about Jesus. He cared so much that he would be moved to tears and speak for hours, all the way up to midnight if necessary, hoping that more people would hear about the grace of God, salvation, and eternal life.

He did not fear bodily punishment or death because he knew heaven would be his final destination because of the gospel entrusted to him. As long as God kept him alive, he would travel, preach, and even write letters so that the Word of God would cover as much of the earth as possible.

Paul considered his life to be a very small price to pay for the future souls saved through his ministry. The Holy Spirit guided him in all that he said and wrote where much of it preserved in the New Testament. In my opinion, if we emulated just a tiny fraction of his passion, our immediate communities would undergo a miraculous transformation where the love of God would overwhelm our current culture. His life work produced so much fruit that we should pause and thank the Lord for using Paul in such an incredible way.

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