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Motivation to Serve

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Acts 20:22-24



Acts 20:22-24.


® A.  Just what could motivate a man to give up everything that                         is meaningful to most people in this life, and to live in such                  a way that he continually invited danger, threats,

persecution and finally, death?

B.  Paul, at Ephesus, on way to Jerusalem, to be imprisoned                    and sent to Rome for trial, knowing the trials awaiting him,               made the above statement of our text

® C.  Then at Caesarea this statement which gives us insight                into character of a great man of the Bible. Acts 21:13

D.  He later wrote Gal. 2:20 and following that: Phil 3:7-8

® E.  Maybe if we can find out what motivated the apostle Paul,                        we can find motivation for ourselves.


® I.    GOD'S LOVE FOR PAUL (External force)

® A.  Note Paul's constant reference to God's love Rom 5:8

Surely Paul was reminded of what is said in Jhn 3:16.

® B.  Considering the kind of world God loved, impresses           us

with the quality of His love. 1Jhn 4:10.

C.  After saying he was "crucified with Christ," Paul added:                             Gal. 2:20.

® 1.   Paul was touched by God's love Eph 2:4,5.

® 2.   That kind of love should motivate us as it did Paul

2Cor 5:14,15.

® II.   PAUL'S  LOVE FOR GOD (internal force)

® A.  Natural to love one who loves you Matt 5:46; Paul

responded to God's love by returning that love – “We

love him, because he first loved us.” 1Jhn. 4:19.

® B.  Paul shows how critical ones love is 1Cor 13:1-3,13.

1.   When we are motivated by love, it makes even the                                            difficult duties of life easier. 1Jhn 5:3.

2.   In fact, unless our service to God is motivated by                                               genuine love, it is worthless. Gal 5:6.

® C. Jesus showed the need for love, by how He interacted                               with people and His teaching.

1.   As we encourage one another to serve the Lord, we                                         should "consider one another, to provoke unto love                                          and good works." Heb 10:24.

2.   Love and good works go hand-in-hand. When

people are motivated by love, they will do what the                                            Lord wants them to do. 1Cor 16:14


® A.  Paul recognized the great love which God had for him,                              and responded in kind by his great love for God.

1.   He also had a sense of responsibility.  Because he                                           had received God's grace Rom 5:1,2

2.   He felt his responsibility to share gospel with                                                      others Rom 1:14,15.  Should be our feeling Eph 1:3

® B.  Paul refers to this strong feeling of responsibility to take                            the gospel to other people in Acts 20:24.

1.   Paul recognized the principle from Ezk 33:8 to which                                       he referred in Acts 20:26,27.

2.   Note his attitude in 1Cor 9:16.

® C.  Paul's sense of responsibility led him into all manner of

danger as recorded in: 2Cor 11:23-28; but makes it

clear that it was all worth while. Phil 1:21-26.

® IV. PAUL'S CONCERN FOR LOST SOULS (internal force)

® A.  Paul's concern for the Jews Rom 9:3; 10:1.

® B.  Paul called to be apostle to Gentiles Acts 26:16-20.

1.   Yet in various cities he preached "To the Jew first,                                            and also to the Greek", Rom 1:16.

2.   After rejected he turned to Gentiles Acts 13:46-48.

3.   Concern for souls led him to Europe (Macedonia),                                            Acts 16:9,10, even though he knew the dangers and                                      opposition that awaited him.

® C.  Paul's reply in Caesarea shows his concern for lost                                                souls Acts 21:8-14.

1.   Jesus wept over Jerusalem Lk 19:41

2.   Paul wept over Jews and Gentiles. Acts 20:31;                                                   2Cor 2:4.

® V.  PAUL'S FAITH IN LORD'S HELP (internal force)

® A. Paul knew that he was never alone. Matt. 28:20 So, he                               wrote: 2Tim 4:16,17.

® B.  Paul had assurance from the Lord Acts 18:9,10.

® C.  Strengthened by Christ Phil. 4:13

® VI. PAUL'S HOPE OF HEAVEN (internal & external force)

® A.  Paul spoke of his hope: Acts 23:6; Rom 8:24,25;                                          Heb 6:17-20;    Paul believed Jhn. 14:1-3

® B.  Regarding tribulations in this life 2Cor 4:16-18;5:1 and                              Peter wrote of the same hope 1Pet 1:3-9.

® C.  This hope carried Paul through life; serving the Lord in                              spite of all difficulties 2Tim 4:7,8.


® A. Paul was motivated to surrender his will to the Lord's and               spend his life serving Him who had died for him.

® B. Those things which motivated Paul to that kind of

commitment should also motivate us to do the same.

From Jim Sasser

Acts 21:13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Phil 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.    8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

1Joh 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Eph 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,    5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

2Cor 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:   15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

Matt 5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

1Joh 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Gal 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

1Cor 16:14 Let all your things be done with charity.

Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:    2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Roma 1:14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.   15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Acts 20:24 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.

Ezek 33:8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

Acts 20:26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.   27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

1Cor 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

Rom 9:3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

Rom 10:1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

Lk 19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,

Acts 20:31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

2Cor 2:4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.

2Tim 4:16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.   17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

Acts 18:9 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:   10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.

Acts 23:6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.

Rom 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?   25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.


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