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Saturday, August 9, 2014

At Any Cost

How would you complete this sentence: "The one thing I must accomplish at any cost is _________?"  How does it relate to Paul's goal in verse 24 [quoted next]? (Serendipity Bible 1998, page 1554).

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.  (Acts 20:24  NIV).

For a Christian this must always be the final answer--to testify "to the good news of God's grace."  This extends to testimony employing thoughts, words, and deeds.  The reason is that this end assumes the ultimate place of allegiance and forms the anchor for all behavior. It is the standard by which all other behavior is rationalized.  There are no petty activities when seen in the light of this end--whether washing dishes, doing laundry, or leading a critical "secular" program.  It goes without saying that this does not merely apply to explicit Christian testimony, but to each and every act whether explicit or implicit.  It is the characteristic of human nature  to autonomously attach symbolism to action.  Thus, it is particularly critical that even "small matters" not be ignored.  We can all testify to the "little acts" that were infused with such nonverbal significance that we carry them in memory throughout our lives.

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