DAY 20 – Finish Well.
READ: Acts 27:1-2, 10-11, 21-26, 30-37, 41-43 & Acts 28: 7-9, 16-17, 21-24, 30-31
Paul is placed aboard a prisoner ship and is heading for Rome where he will stand before Caesar. Even though he is being held captive on water, his leadership skills, his character, and his care for humanity shine through. Throughout the voyage, he warns the shipmaster of the dangers that he knows lie ahead while at the same time caring for and calming the passengers and crew. During the shipwreck he takes charge and points out life-saving efforts. On the island he takes time out to minister and witness to government officials as well as townsfolk. And, finally, when he lands in Rome he continues to encourage fellow believers and share his faith with all he comes in contact with during his captivity.
How does this apply to me? There’s a saying: True character is what you are in the dark. It’s hard to imagine being calm, cool, and collected while being held prisoner, surviving a shipwreck and then finding yourself stranded on an island. But Paul managed. He not only showed those around him his true leadership skills, he proved by his actions that he was truly a man of God. More than that, he showed fellow believers how to finish well. No matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, we should strive to maintain our strength, hold firm in our walk, and keep the faith. As we wrap up our 20 Days project, may this time that we have spent together looking at the new church and their journey, encourage each of us to fight the good fight, finish the race, and like Paul…finish well.
Acts 28:31 Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praying Together: As we the family of The Fellowship at Two Rivers begin our new journey, may we pray for the strength and courage to run the race ahead and to more importantly, seek to personally finish well.