Read the Bible with me: Acts 20-22
What does it take to be faithful all the way to the end? Next to Jesus, there may be no greater example than Paul. He was bold and faithful to speak the Word of God - sometimes too long for some- just ask Eutychus. With such a promising start from a worldly perspective (a student of a well respected teacher, a man of pedigree, a leader, and a Roman citizen), he laid it all aside, becoming hated by his own people for the sake of the gospel. What was his secret? We find it in 20:24.
Acts 20:24 (ESV): 24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Paul was a man of singular focus - to be faithful to the Lord who had mercifully saved him on that road to Damascus. He didn’t get caught up in the dramas and desires of earthly life. He fixed himself fully on Christ. Just because there will never be another Paul, does not mean that we cannot follow his model to be ourselves faithful to the same Lord who called us out of darkness and into his marvelous light. Let Acts 20:24 ring in your ears today. Meditate on it. Ponder what it would change if you adopted his outlook.