Devotional

“And now I am bound by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem. I don’t know what awaits me, except that the Holy Spirit tells me in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead. But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. ” – Acts 20:22-24

There is an interesting phenomenon that we see throughout the Bible. When God speaks, people move. When God speaks to people there is a call for them to move or respond and act in some way.  When God spoke, Noah moved. He started work on an ark.  He moved into the forest to collect timber. He moved his schedule around to make time for boat building. When God spoke, Abram moved. When God spoke, David moved. And when God spoke, Paul moved. Not only did Paul move but he could not be distracted or moved off his goal. Look at Acts 20:24 again, but this time in the King James Version (KJV) “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” 

Paul here says that “none of these ‘things’ move me”. The amazing thing about that statement is that Paul doesn’t know exactly what those things are. Even then it doesn’t matter. Why?  Because “…none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself so that I may finish my race with joy…”

Are we prayerfully seeking to move forward into all God has planned for us? The truth is there are many things that can hold us back and stop us from becoming the person God has called us to be. Instead of seeking to move on and press into everything God has planned for us, we can be hesitant. The prospect of change can be daunting to some, the idea of change does not come naturally to others. It can become easy to blame circumstances, situations, other people, and bad choices for a lack of movement in our lives.

If we want to be obedient disciples of Jesus, then we must choose to allow God to work in our lives, to work in us and through us, to change and transform us. To take us from where we are to where God wants us to be. The new year is an opportunity for each and every one of us to experience a fresh move of God in our lives.

God speaks and people move. God still speaks. God speaks through His word, God speaks through His people, and God speaks through His Spirit. God still speaks and when He does He invites us to move.

Discussion questions:

  1. What is it that moves you off of your goal?
  2. How and where is God calling you to move?