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Diving Deep and Falling Asleep; by Dr. Glenn Jago

Diving Deep and Falling Asleep

Acts 20:1-16

On any given day, we may face a plethora of choices and opportunities. The question we must answer is what is it that determines our decisions? For instance, if we were seeking better health, we would try several options for that outcome, even if it means replacing junk food with healthy food. The same happens in the practice of our Christianity. If we are seeking a feeling or an experience, it will affect where and what we search. However, if we desire to be more like Jesus Christ, that too will determine where we spend our time. To make the right decision, we must learn the discipline of establishing priorities, pursuing the appropriate purposes and searching in the right places. The Christian life is seeking Christ, more than self-satisfaction.

Paul, driven by a passion for Christ, found himself facing a host of priorities, plans, and opportunities in his service to Christ. Those who sat under his ministry were also facing similar choices.  Luke provides an occasion to take a closer assessment of our own lives to determine the goal of our driving passion. Think about this, am I diving deep into the Scripture to know Christ, or falling asleep in the face of worldly allurements or traditions?

Priorities:

  1. The basis of encouragement – Acts 20:1, 2, 4, 12
  2. The blessing of God’s plans – Acts 20:3, 7, 13-16
  3. The benefit of attentiveness – Acts 20:7-12; 13:12, 44; 15:35; 17:2-3; 18:4; 19:8

Purposes:

  1. Encouragement is attention drawn to Christ, not to self – Proverbs 25:11-15
  2. Plans intended are plans surrendered to the Lord – James 4:13-17
  3. Attentiveness reflects the heart toward the object – Philippians 1:20-21

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