With so many distractions jockeying for our attention, we may find ourselves focusing on the wrong things in life.
Paul had it all together (best as anyone can) and expresses it to us in Philippians 3:13-14. There he states his One focus in life--it's Christ Jesus.
We would do well to heed the Apostle Paul's words even in the midst of a pandemic that seems to smother us in news and updates. Our focus should be on One thing; the person of Jesus Christ and what He's doing in the world right now.
Maybe He's calling for our attention and rightly so.
Paul needed experienced great joy as people who heard the gospel turned by faith to Christ. But he also underwent much trouble from those opposed to the message of the resurrected Christ. This message should encourage us to live by faith and trust God to bring us through whatever (coronavirus) we may face in life.
The most important question an unbeliever can ask was posed by the Philippian jailer. “What must I do to be saved?” The reason we proclaim the gospel, the reason we share God’s word with others, is to lead unbelievers to ask that very question.But what happens when they do?Are we prepared to give them the most important answer they will ever hear?
The first demand Jesus made in his public ministry was “repent and believe the good news!”That’s the heart of what we need to know to be saved.
During this second missionary journey, Paul picks up Timothy and together they greatly strengthened the churches which Paul had already established.
After strengthening the churches in the region, he was forbidden by the Holy Spirit to go there.
It’s interesting to note that the Holy Spirit stopped Paul from doing something we normally think of as good – preaching God’s Word to those who need it. Let's see how this passage can speak into our lives today.
So let’s begin today in chapter 16, where Timothy joins Paul and Silas on their second missionary journey. Timothy had to find balance between the freedom he had through Christ and the things that were needful to reach others with the gospel.