Gleanings – The High Bar

Acts 14:19-28

“And saying that through many tribulations we must enter the Kingdom of God.”

So says Paul. And he should know. He was, a few verses earlier, stoned and dragged from the city and left for dead. And here is preaching and discipling again! He is even returning to the places in which he was rejected.

Paul helps us understand what it means to persevere. He has an indefatigable spirit. He can’t be held down. He rises from ashes like phoenix with ample wind beneath his wings.

What can I say of Paul? STOP! You make me feel small and old and half-hearted.

What must I say to Jesus? Please, by the power of your Holy Spirit, make me like this tireless worker for the Kingdom. While you labor to make me like yourself, allow me to fight the good fight as your servant Paul.

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