By: Lauren Cox
October 29, 2015
Sometimes I’m tempted to get rid of everything I own, turn off my phone, and move to a far away place where materials can no longer find me. I’m so tired of the stress it takes to keep up with everyone and feeling like you always need what’s new. I’m tired of my phone constantly buzzing with emails and notifications and reminders that there’s 1,000,000 things going on; and I’m tired of those 1,000,000 things having nothing to do with God.
In Acts 20, Paul is saying farewell to the Ephesian elders, and he’s telling them of his mission work. Paul had served humbly and ‘with tears’ but he never gave up. The message of salvation was so life changing for him, that he didn’t want to miss an opportunity to share it with others.
Another thing we notice about Paul is that he was filled with joy no matter how much or how little he had. He was satisfied so long as he was doing the Lord’s work. Often times, we do the opposite. We view our life as a failure if we are lacking in recognition, fun, money, success, etc. But Paul considered his life to be worthnothing unless he used it for God.
How can I be that simple-minded? How can I go from living in the western world to living with a Godly mind? Single-mindedness is a quality needed by anyone who wishes to do the work of the Father, so it’s no wonder Paul was the greatest missionary who ever lived.
I believe that, like Paul, we too can acquire this trait. What we need to do is pinpoint the things in our daily life that would be hardest to eliminate – TV shows, shopping, Instagram, the comfort of your couch, you name it – and replace those with the Word of God. Paul was happy with whatever he had, wherever he had it, and whoever he shared it with, as long as he could do God’s work. When we focus more on what we don’t have instead of Who we do, we’re always going to be unhappy.
Let’s be single-minded. Let’s live simply. Don’t let this world tell you what you need.
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord has given me- the task of testifying to the Good News of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24)