And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul had such a profound impact on the early church as he traveled all over the world preaching and teaching and ministering in many different ways. And he was faithful and consistent in the work he was doing. His ministry remained the same wherever he went, no matter who he was preaching to. Every time he came back to a place he had been before, he was consistent with what he’d already said. People understood that they could count on Paul.
Paul’s method and manner were consistent. He went from place to place teaching wherever people would gather. He served with humility. He endured the struggles and problems that arose. He pushed through hardship. He pressed on despite negativity and persecution. He gave everything he had and everything he was to this call upon his life. Everything he did was about serving Jesus, and he was a persistent teacher and preacher of the Gospel.
Paul’s message was consistent. As he went about teaching and preaching, it was always focused on Jesus Christ and the work He had done. It always about encouraging people to believe in Jesus, to trust Him first for salvation, but then to live lives of faith that honor the Lord. He wanted those he taught to understand what had made such a difference in his life, that he was a changed man and a new creature because of Jesus. He wanted people to know that all those past sins could be left behind, those past identities could be replaced. He wanted people to know that dedicating their lives to Jesus Christ would be worth it all.
Throughout his life, Paul remained faithful to that call he received from Jesus Himself on the road to Damascus. He poured his heart and soul into that ministry given to him by the Lord. He truly lived for Jesus everywhere he went. And he sets an example for all those he ministered to and even to us today. As we go about our calling, as we minister to those around us, as we fulfill God’s purpose for our lives, let’s be faithful. Let’s be consistent in what we do and say, always proclaiming Christ, always submitting to Him, always having the right attitudes, and always serving the Lord out of love and humility.