None of These Things Move Me

But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

Acts 20:24

To me, this is one of the most powerful verses in the entire Bible.  It is Paul’s “here I stand” statement.  He is preparing to go to Jerusalem and he doesn’t know what is going to happen to him.  He does know that, wherever he does go, “bonds and afflictions abide me.”  Paul has been through just about everything a person can humanly go through.  He has been beaten, stoned, arrested, imprisoned, and just about everything else.

“But none of these things move me.”

Nothing that Paul had been through was enough to move him from doing the ministry that he had been given: to testify the gospel of the grace of God.  He just kept going through all of the trials and tribulations.  He preached Jesus Christ before he was persecuted, while he was being persecuted, and after he was persecuted.  None of those things moved him.

Imagine the difference that we could make in our world today if even a few Christians would up and take Paul’s attitude.  Think of the difference that could be made by a few people standing up and saying “I know it’s not going to be easy.  I know that I am going to face opposition.  The Devil doesn’t want me doing this.  The world doesn’t want me doing this.  Even our own flesh doesn’t want me doing this.  But, by God’s grace and for His glory, none of these things will move me.”

Paul lived out this powerful statement.  How are we doing?

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