Thursday, October 7, 2021

Acts 20 Devotions by Stephen Taylor

Acts 20:4,5

He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. These men went on ahead and waited for us at Troas.


What we have here is a list of some people that were traveling with Paul. There is a truth here that the Holy Spirit showed me this morning and one I think we all need to know. These men weren’t the men Paul set out with; these men weren’t with him on the Damascus road but rather were gathered to him by the Lord as he went through different regions preaching. Three were from Macedonia, 2 from Galatia, and 2 from Asia.


Sometimes, the people we start this journey with aren’t the people we finish it with, but God never intends or wants us to stay completely alone or without fellowship. Paul sought the Kingdom first, and God added faithful brothers and sisters around him. Paul didn’t go out looking for friends but went out preaching the truth and following the Lord, and in turn, the Lord surrounded him with some trustworthy companions. Paul didn’t sacrifice or water down his ministry so that people would like him but rather preached truth through the power and direction of the Holy Spirit and let God bring the people to him!


How encouraging for those of us who might feel lonely on this walk at times. If we emulate Paul in this, we can expect the same results. Seek God above all else, and He will surround us with the right people, His people!


Acts 20:19-21 - I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents. You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.


God bless! I love you all, but the Lord’s love is eternally perfect! Glory, honor, and praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our Risen King, and the Holy Spirit!




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