The Story Continues

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Paul had known his share of suffering, but he did not shrink back from his calling. His own account of his hardships included floggings, lashings, beatings with rods, pelting with stones, shipwrecks, dangers from rivers and bandits and Jews and Gentiles, danger in the city and in the country, danger at sea and from false believers. He knew hard labor, lack of sleep, hunger, thirst, cold and nakedness (2 Cor. 11:23-29).

It’s a wonder that he could move at all, but move he did. From Corinth to Ephesus, from Thessalonica to Colossae, he left his footprints all over the known world of his day. When he wasn’t walking he was writing. He wrote letters to the church in Rome and Corinth and Galatia and Ephesus. He wrote to Titus and he wrote to Timothy. Letters that continue to inform and inspire. That day on the road to Damascus turned his world upside down and his life was spent telling others about it.

When you face struggles because of your faith, remember Paul and let his example motivate you to stay the course. He was able to do that because he anchored himself to a purpose that was higher and greater than his life. In his own words, he said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7).

His fight did not end at death. The Apostle Paul made sure he passed the baton of faith. And he encouraged those behind him to do the same thing. “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. (2 Timothy 2:2). Paul gave himself totally to the word of God and to eternal things.

So can you. Fight the good fight. And like Paul, finish the race well.

If you missed my message this past weekend on Paul’s Final Days, you can view it here:

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