What makes a person tick? (Acts 20)

18 And when they came to him, he said to them:

“You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; 20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, 21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.[c] 22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by[d] the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. 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.  Acts 20:18-24

A couple of nights ago, as I was scrolling through our TV channels, I paused for a few seconds to an interview the famous baseball placer, Peter Rose, was giving with Joe Buck.  As I listened, knowing of his major failure over 25 years ago, I thought “What makes this guy tick?”

Have you ever paused to consider the same question concerning your own life.  Take time in this moment to pause and ask yourself, “What makes me tick?”

Did you do it?  If not, do it now!  Maybe you can write down a few things that make you tick.

I hope you really did do this?  For a moment, lets look at Paul’s life in context of Acts 20 and discover the four distinguishing attributes we see in his life.  They give us a clue as to what made him tick:

  • We see Paul’s character.  Paul was “serving the Lord with all humility.”
  • We see Paul’s challenges. Paul faced constant trials at the hands of “the plots of the Jews.”
  • We see Paul’s convictions. Paul did not “shrink back from sharing the whole counsel of God.”
  • We see Paul’s commitment.  Paul’s life was clearly committed to “finishing his course.”

These 4 attributes help us to discover what made Paul tick.  Here it is: “Paul lived his life for the glory of the Lord among the nations!”

This was his goal, his drive, his passion, and his pleasure.  I believe this is clearly what Jesus had in mind when He spoke the following words: Matthew 16:24

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me

Lord, may this be what causes each of us to tick today!!!

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