Acts 21:19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.
What exactly was Paul doing here? He was doing what other Missionaries have followed the example of and have done for years. Coming back to the churches and reporting what God had been doing on his Missionary journey. I believe if he could have, Paul would have shown slides or maybe splashed a video up on the wall had they been available. If he could have, he would most likely have left prayer cards. I can only imagine how fast every single member would have taken one home with them. The next verse says, “And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord.” They were excited to hear what God had done through Paul, and through them.
Part of the reason I believe that many people do not get excited anymore is because they have lost the excitement and concern for missions. Missionaries come and go, and well, truth be told, we are busy with our own lives and just do not seem to make time to care anymore. Do you want to care again? Really? If you are not serious then this will not work. However, if you really want to get excited about missions again, INVEST IN MISSIONS. You know, it is the whole, “Where your treasure is…” thing.
• Invest prayers in mission families as they minister on your behalf.
• Invest time to help keep them and their mission field before your church.
• Invest financially so they can continue to do the work God has called them to do.
If you will invest in Missions, I guarantee when they come back, you will want to know what has been happening with your investment.
You will never get as great a return from any investment as you will in the Lord’s work. Ask God today to put a passion in your soul for His Ministry.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
1 Samuel 26, 27 / Psalm 114 / Proverbs 18 / Acts 21
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
2 Samuel 23-24 / John 3
“Getting people into the Word of God…
… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director