“… Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons…” – Acts 20:18b
Paul the Apostle called a meeting with the elders from the Ephesian church to let them know he was about to leave them. He expressed to them how they know he had led a faithful and devoted life, not sometimes, but at all times.
They were his proof since they were with him a good amount of time. They had heard him speak, saw him labor in the gospel and spent time with him, and therefore from their own observation they could confirm whether or not this statement was true. Only a person with unquestionable proof of having lived a faithful and devoted life can make this kind of statement.
While this was Paul’s farewell speech to leaders of the church, it is something to think about when you leave a group of people to move to another city, or another neighborhood, or to work for another employer. These may be people you have worked with, had discussions and conversations, people who have had every opportunity to know you.
What would the people you have left behind say about your life? What did they observe and what could they confirm? Many people may say they do or have lived an honorable, faithful and devoted life unto God. But talk is cheap and the deeds of a man is pure proof of whether the statement he declares of himself to be true.
Professing things from the lips means nothing if it is not practiced in the life of a man, just as preaching the gospel is one thing, but applying the gospel is altogether different.
By Gale Henderson. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.