God’s true servants direct our attention away from themselves – to Jesus Christ.

Acts

9:1-43  –  Saul the persecutor become Paul the Apostle (13:9). What a great turning-point this was in the life of the early Church! When we read of Paul’s missionary journeys (13:1-28:31), we may be tempted to think, ‘What a great man Paul must have been’. In his letters, Paul insists that we must not think like this. He tells us that ‘nothing good dwells within’ him. Paul never forgot his ‘past’: ‘I cursed Him, persecuted Him, and acted arrogantly toward Him’. Paul describes himself as ‘the worst of sinners’. Paul gives his testimony: ‘The grace of God was poured on me abundantly’ (Romans 7:18; 1 Timothy 1:13-15). God’s true servants direct our attention to Christ. Ananias said, ‘The Lord Jesus… has sent me…’(17). Saul ‘preached boldly in the Name of Jesus’ (27). Peter said, ‘Jesus Christ heals you…’ (34).

10:1-11:18  –  ‘When the Holy Spirit comes on you… you will be My witnesses… to the ends of the earth’ (1:8). This great advance of the Gospel – Salvation reaches ‘the Gentiles’ (10:45; 11:1,18) – is a movement of ‘the Spirit’ (11:12). The Spirit speaks through the Word (10:44; 11:15). In God’s Word, we read of (a) God’s love for the whole world (John 3:16); (b) God’s Son who died for ‘the sins of the whole world’ (John 1:29; 1 John 2:2); (c) God’s command that ‘the Good News’ should be preached to ‘everyone’ (Mark 16:15); (d) God’s purpose that there should be disciples of Christ in every nation (Matthew 28:19). ‘Every person in every nation, in each succeeding generation, has the right to hear the News that Christ can save… Here am I, send me’ (Youth Praise, 128). ‘Go forth and tell!’ (Mission Praise, 178).

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3 thoughts on “God’s true servants direct our attention away from themselves – to Jesus Christ.

  1. When I saw the TITLE brother Charlie, I wanted to shout the loudest Amen I could! GREAT message and oh so needed today with so many looking for the spotlight. The only spotlight I desire, sincerely, is the one that I can shine on Jesus!!! God Bless! 👍💗🕊😇

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