FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
1 After the uproar ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them, he said farewell and departed for Macedonia. 2 When he had gone through those regions and had given them much encouragement, he came to Greece. 3 There he spent three months, and when a plot was made against him by the Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia.
This passage highlights one of the significant aspects of Paul’s ministry: Encouragement. We see in verses 1 and 2 that Paul gives encouragement. Specifically, in verse 1 it says that after the uproar had ceased, where Paul and his friends’ lives were on the line, Paul calls for the disciples and he encourages them! Then in verse 2 is states that he went to Macedonia and the surrounding regions and that he had given them much encouragement!
The word encouragement literally means to “give courage or grant courage.” We have been called as followers of Jesus to go with courage sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Paul has gone and planted Churches with the gospel and is now building up those churches in the gospel and he also gives them the courage to live out the gospel.
Ray Johnston, an American Pastor, says that discouragement is the number one thing that knocks people out of a life with Jesus. When we are without courage, we don’t go anywhere, we don’t say anything, and we don’t move forward. One of the easiest ways we can lift people is through encouragement!
Or maybe you feel discouraged today. Take this devotional as God’s way of gifting you the courage to keep going!
Make plans to encourage one person today!
Thank you for your Word. We pray that by your Spirit, Acts 20:1-3 would change us into the likeness of Christ. We ask for courage. We pray that we would live boldly. We pray for opportunities to encourage others. May we get our eyes off of ourselves and look to you as the source and sustainer, Lord. We pray all these things in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.