For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost. And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. 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. And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
Today's Morsel: One of the things about the apostle Paul was that he was constant in his actions. He withheld nothing of the gospel with those that he encountered. As Christians, we, too, must be constant in our actions when it comes to standing for truth and what we say we believe and stand for. If we compromise in one area of truth, then we are not constant and our consistency will not be found. Hypocrisy is only found in a person when they are insincere, living a double-standard, putting on false pretenses, being two-faced, and having a heart of duplicity. But on the other hand, you don't find hypocrisy in a person who is constant in action. Scripture said "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever" (Hebrews 13:8). Will I see in you tomorrow what I see in you today?
Sing: I am determined to hold out to the end, Jesus is with me, on Him I can depend. For I know I have salvation for I feel Him in my soul. I am determined to hold out to the end.
Thought for Today: Constant actions birth consistency.