Paul encouraged believers. It was absolutely a miracle that they accepted him and listened to him. The early believers extended supernatural grace to Paul (their former persecutor) – grace they had only received through their faith in Jesus Christ. Only by God’s grace is one made righteous and not of works.
When most people chose to retire, Paul instead decided to evangelize an untamed frontier. In his God adventure evangelistic tours, he traveled over 20,000 miles – he didn’t have an RV which makes it more amazing the distance he covered!
Paul confirmed the gospel and encouraged believers to stay on the right path. He cast a vision for them for the future and invited them to be a part in accomplishing it. He reminded them of their reason for being.
“When churches take their eyes off the horizon, the inevitable result is what can be called a ‘survivor mentality’. Rather than accomplishing the plans of God to redeem and transform His creation, they forget their reason for being . . . Meanwhile their surrounding communities hear little of Christ . . . ” (Charles Swindoll)
~ Lady Esther