Bought by the Blood

December 18, 2008

Parting Words

Filed under: Acts,church,Holy Spirit,trials — cubsfan1980 @ 10:19 am
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I was reading Acts 20 the other day and this passage has Paul’s parting words to the elders in Ephesus.  A verse that has always stuck out to me about small group leadership is verse 20 where Paul tells the elders “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, [3] which he obtained with his own blood.”  It’s one of those reminders that the people that are in our care aren’t just “anybody”, but they are people that Christ has shed his blood for me.  That is something that totally reorients my view on others, as I remember their worth to God.  The whole passage is very rich, so I decided to take Paul’s parting words and put them into a poem.

Listen to the spirit and live as He instructs.
Faithfully speak the words He lays on your heart.
Testify to all repentance toward God
And faith in the risen Lord Jesus Christ.

Do not fear trials and afflictions,
But instead walk in the fear of the Lord
Know that this life is of no value
In comparison to the one that awaits
Those who finish the course by grace.

Keep your eyes focused on the cross,
Where your soul and those under your care,
Were bought with Christ precious blood,
So you can live lives free from for your God’s glory.

Attacks are certain to come,
Both from within and without,
But hide in the shadow of the cross
Where our victory is already won.

This world is passing, so invest in the eternal;
Him for everlasting to everlasting and the Word of His grace,
Which will give you an inheritance better than material possessions.
Help those who are weak and needy,
So that you may store up treasures in Heaven.

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