“Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.”
One of many things I appreciate about Paul’s writing is how clearly we can see his heart. God gifted Paul with the ability to teach and a passionate faith, but for many years it was used to destroy Christians. After Jesus met him on the road to Damascus (the story is in Acts 9) Paul experienced a change in his life’s direction. He “fell in love” with Jesus and his fellow believers, and his passion turned to building up God’s kingdom.
Verses like these give us a glimpse pause Paul’s new life mission and his true affection for brothers and sisters in the faith. He desires us to do more than hear and even read Scripture, but to live it.
He wants to show us that we can have a life mission with impact, too. Just imagine if all of us who say we follow Christ gave Him really gave Him our whole lives. Think of how much of God’s light could shine into our world.
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