ACTS 20:32-35..32 “And now I commit you to God and to the message of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among all who are sanctified.
I like how the Message translates this verse. “Now I’m turning you over to God, our marvelous God whose gracious Word can make you into what he wants you to be and give you everything you could possibly need in this community of holy friends.”
These elders felt like many of us today that they were inadequate for the task of serving Jesus. Paul reminded them and us that God is able to build us up and give us everything we could possibly need. This reminds me of “His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” [2 Peter 1:3 HCSB] By His all-wise, all-powerful, all-present and all-knowing attributes God will provide what is best for His children.
33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands have provided for my needs and for those who were with me.
Paul used himself as an example. When Paul started a new church in an area he worked to support himself, not wanting to burden the new believers with his support. However, He was also supported by the churches he previously began. The church at Macedonia helping support Paul in Corinth was an example. [2 Corinthians 11:7-9] In one of his final letters, Paul declared that elders who ruled well and worked hard at teaching and preaching the word were worthy of double honor [1 Timothy 5:17-18]. The context, with its reference to muzzling an ox, clearly refers to financial compensation.
35 In every way I’ve shown you that by laboring like this, it is necessary to help the weak and to keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Paul was interested in helping the weak and encouraging disciples to give freely of the resources that God has supplied to his people. Someday believers in Jesus in the USA may be held accountable for how we have used all the abundant resources He has given us.
Am I consciously daily relying on the divine power of Jesus through the knowledge of Him from the Bible and the Holy Spirit?
Henry Luke 2/11/2018
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