“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24 ESV
America is a land of convenience. We want the fastest way to lose weight, the cheapest food with the worst value of nutrition, and the quickest fix on anything we can get our hands on. Unfortunately, even our churches have become more about convenience and what we get out of the service rather than keeping our eyes focused on Christ and His glory. When did Christianity become more about pleasing ourselves, only coming to God when it accommodates our needs?
In Acts 20:24 it shows how Paul’s faith was not based on what was convenient for him—he refrained from placing value on his own life but rather in the preaching and teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His faith was worn on his shoulders, committing daily to glorifying Christ through all of his endeavors.
Sisters, Christ was crucified on the cross not so you could come to Him whenever it’s convenient for you. We are called to be Christ-followers, living and breathing His word and His commandments. Whatever struggles we are going through, run to Him. Whatever highs we are experiencing, praise Him. In our deepest struggles and the wondrous joys, spread His unchanging and unfailing love. Faith in Jesus Christ is the only thing that will grant us peace and comfort during each phase of our lives.
Most merciful Father, help me to be mindful of going to You in convenience, only when I need something. In every aspect of my life, allow me to put You first.
In what ways has your walk with Christ been about convenience?