New Testament Reading Reflection Week 7

Written by Elyssa Schultheiss

Acts 20:22-24: “And now I am bound by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem. I don’t know what awaits me, except that the Holy Spirit tells me in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead. But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned to me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” 


Our culture is often told that if you just get this ____, your life will be better. 


If I just get that raise, my life will be better. If I just lost that weight, my life would be better. If I just get that house, my life will be better. 


Whatever it is for you, we often fall into this trap. The trap that says that if we can just earn our way to the next thing, everything will fall into place and be perfect. 


How often do we fall into this trap with our relationship with God? If I just say I believe, then my life will be perfect and I won’t go to hell. If I just act perfect and give God the good parts of me, then nothing bad will happen in my life. 


But this is not the good news of hope that Jesus presents us. The good news is portrayed so eloquently by Paul in Acts 20:22-24. He knows that there are hardships and trials that are awaiting him. But he recognizes the truth that even in the hardships, God is with him.


What does this mean for us? We don’t have control over life’s future circumstances. All we have is the current moment. The future might hold some pretty scary and hard stuff. But we have the Spirit guiding us through, giving us words, and speaking life in the midst of darkness. Therefore, we choose hope over fear! What good news! 


Cole Beshore