The Apostle Paul had a similar reverence for ministry. In Acts 20, the reader finds Paul saying good-bye for the last time to the leaders of Ephesus. Knowing that he would not see them again, he expressed the following final thoughts:
- Ephesians 20:21: "I have had one message for Jews and Creeks alike-the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord Jesus."
- Ephesians 20:24: "But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God."
- Ephesians 20:28, "So guard yourselves and God's people. Feed and shepherd God's flock-his church, purchased with his own blood - over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as elders."
- Ephesians 20:32, "You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive."
This is a great reminder for all of us who minister to others whether it is in our homes, jobs, our communities, or our churches. Ministry is a privilege. It's not easy - but fills us with great purpose and joy!