Words from the Heart for Wednesday August 24th, 2016
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
Acts 20:24 (NIV)
My Only Aim
Being willing to suffer is a decision we make long before we face the moment of suffering. Because Jesus died and purchased you by His blood, know that His resurrection power will help you to face the moment of suffering. Rely upon His grace so that you might speak of Him even in challenging situations.
The aim of the International Golf Federation was to make a big splash at the recently concluded Rio Olympics. After an absence of 112 years, golf was returning to the Olympic Games. 34 countries were represented in the men’s tournament and 34 in the women’s, 40 countries in all. The course designed by Gil Hanse was a stunning stage. A world-wide audience of 3.6 billion watched. In the words of IGF President Peter Dawson, it’s the biggest “grow-the-game opportunity” golf has. But problems started some months before the Games when many of the top golfers in the world announced they were bowing out of the Olympics. Some sited the possibility of Zika virus while others used the possibility of political unrest and security reasons. For whatever the reason, the aim of the International Golf Federation was partially met at best.
Successful people and organizations know what they are called to do and be. William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army summed his aim up in one word – Others. Millions of lives were transformed because of his single aim. Paul the apostle impacted his world – and ours still – because he had a single aim. He said this in Acts 20:24: “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” Paul had given up a lot to follow Jesus. He had come from one of the most prestigious families in his day and was educated in the right school and given great opportunities. But he gave all of that up for the sake of Jesus’ calling on his life. And he knew that he was facing imprisonment and possibly death for the sake of completing the task that Jesus had given him. I have met many in our world who face the same fate for the sake of the Gospel. More followers of Jesus live under the threat of persecution than at any other time in the history of the world. But the brothers and sisters I know remain committed to the task of the Gospel and so must we. Our single aim must be to finish the task that God has called us to – proclaiming the good news.
These have been words from the heart.