Acts 18

Read Acts 18.

The thing about Paul’s missionary journeys is that they were not always easy, fun adventures in sharing the gospel…as is typically the case when we are working to share the good news and love our neighbors. Sometimes it’s exciting and invigorating work, and other times the roadblocks seem to just keep popping up and it’s all we can do to keep putting in the hard work. Loving people and doing good can be messy and exhausting. However, Paul sets for us a great example of endurance and grace. As you read this passage, it’s like a rollercoaster. Paul experiences a win, a struggle, a win, a loss, another struggle, a win, and on it goes. Through it all we are able to see the fruit of the gospel in his refusal to throw in the towel.

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9

Let us be reminded that we, like Paul, are not in control of the seasons or of the choices others make. We can’t save those we so desperately want to see following Christ. We can’t determine when the Holy Spirit will move in another’s heart. We can’t foresee when when we will enter into a season of harvest or struggle. What we can do is follow the example set by Paul and the advice provided in Galatians. We can continue in the work of love and grace, sharing His love with those around us even in hardship. We can trust that Holy Spirit is at work around us and we can endure in the work of love that is set before us, caring for our neighbors as ourselves. Let’s encourage one another in our walks today, not growing weary of doing good.

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