FRIDAY, MAY 6
So Paul stayed there for the next year and a half, teaching the word of God.
Acts 18:11 (NLT)
LOOKING UP: POUR INTO OTHERS
Tony Evans who said that “People want salvation but don’t want to put in the time to be strong disciples of Jesus Christ. What many Christians want to do is to audit the Christian life. An audit is where a person goes to class to get information but is not required to do any of the work. They don’t have to take a test or do any homework. They are only attending for informational purposes. They want the data without the responsibility. That’s an audit. That’s what some folks do every Sunday. They audit Jesus.”
The Apostle Paul was committed to being a disciple of Jesus and making disciples of Jesus. Even when things got tough, Paul stayed for another “year and a half, teaching the word of God.” Paul poured himself and the word of God into the people God brought into his life. John G. Butler said, “One of the most obvious ways we show our commitment to God’s work is in steadfastly teaching and preaching God’s Word.
Mike taught that we lose joy when we focus on ourselves but find joy when we focus on others. How have you experienced both of those realities?
Thank God for the joy found in serving others. Ask God to lead you to someone who needs to be poured into.