Paul has so much to share and so little time to share it. His ministry has taken him from Ephesus to Macedonia, to Greece, to Troas. It’s a farewell tour. He preaches all night, knowing it’s his last chance to convey the essentials of salvation.
I’m struck by the caring urgency that Paul has. He’s spent weeks (even years) with these people and developed relationships. Shared joys and sorrows. He wants to be sure they “get it”; the truth of the kingdom of God. The shared hope of eternal life binds us together over time and distance.
Blessings abound when God’s people gather. Whether for a long weekend at a retreat, a few days at a camp or a conference, we build friendships that last. “What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again.” We’ve all experienced that pang of parting. But oh the joy of knowing we WILL see each other again as we reign with Christ in his glorious kingdom.
Feel the urgency!
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
- What do you most admire about Paul?
- What attachments have you made to Christian brothers and sisters that have bound you together through time and distance?
- How would you rate your “Caring Urgency”? If it’s a little low, what can motivate you to bump it up?