None of these things move me...
Acts 20:24: But, none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself so that I may finish my race with Joy, and the ministry, which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. * Note 1
The apostle Paul knew from more than one prophecy and from the Holy Spirit telling him directly that he'd soon be coming into serious problems; i.e. bonds (arrest) and afflictions awaited him in Jerusalem. But he says in verse 24 that he's not moved. Not moved and doesn't even count his life important. In other words, he doesn't care what happens to him as long as he finishes his race, spreading the good news of God's great mercy and grace of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Psalms 16:8 the Psalmist said, "I have set the Lord always before my face,
because the Lord is at my right hand. I shall not be moved."
On the surface, at first glance when reading the scriptures, I could, and in fact have said on more than one occasion, the same thing and really mean it. I agree with Paul and David above and say boldly, "I'm not moved by life's events and I don't count my life dear to myself."
However, in these past weeks, Jesus is showing me through a series of trials and affliction in the midst of events that frankly don't even begin to make sense, that I really don't mean what I say. In fact, I've found that I'm disturbed, moved by the least disruption and I certainly do count my life most dear to myself and I've been more interested in serving my own agenda, but only paying lip service to the ministry which God had commissioned me with.
Before the heat was turned up in this furnace of affliction (refer to my blog: "Finding Christians in the Furnace of Affliction." ) I can say whatever the saints have said in the scriptures and really mean it. But the way of the cross doesn't work like this as the saints know very well by experience. Yes, once we commit, totally to follow our Lord Jesus, God is surely to begin refining and pruning every superfluous, detracting, hindrance, and sinful thing in our life until we are spotless before him. Through Jesus Christ we are justified by faith, but the sanctification process is a journey we find most painful at times.
Thank you for the cross Lord.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, by your great grace I pray you empower me through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit to go through the sanctification process and may I be able to say "None of these things move me and that my life is not counted dear to myself. All in absolute service to you my Lord, for your glory. Amen.
Note 1: Move me - Alarm me, or deter me from my purpose. Greek: "I make an account of none of them." I do not regard them as of any moment, or as worth consideration in the great purpose to which I have devoted my life.