Acts 19-20~ Day 54~ I want Paul's work ethic!

I really admire that Paul was a "tentmaker" (18:3).  When he needed to make money, he knew how.  However, when fellow companions were with him, he allowed them to help him so that he could spend all his time teaching (18:5).  They seemed to have a good system down, providing for the needs of their group as they worked to "proclaim the whole truth of God." (20:27)

This verse stood out to me today, "You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions.  In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive'." (20:35)

Talking about a work ethic! He worked manually to meet his physical needs, mentally to study scripture and he worked spiritually to share God's love (all night long if necessary! 20:7).  Boy!  That puts me to shame when I have worked during the day and then at night say, "I'm too tired to go to Bible study".😝

Paul is showing how to do Luke 10:27, " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' and 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' "
Lord, help me to be like that and do that!!


Lauren said…
This is so beautiful and up lifting. Such a great reminder! Because he was living for the Lord, nothing was impossible for Paul because God provided for all of his needs. I had a bible instructor, Bill Creasy, who held classes up and down the coast in different churches from San Diego through LA in the morning and the evenings 6 days a week. He was such an inspiration as I struggled to get there every Wednesday night...he would say that in the natural his schedule would be daunting, but God just gave him what he needed and it was his life and way to spread God's word!
So true! If we are about God's business, he will give us the strength needed to accomplish it!!

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