Scripture Reading: Acts 20:32-38
“And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among those who are sanctified.” (Acts 20:32)
After Paul gave his charge to the Ephesian elders, he knelt down and prayed with them. It was a moving prayer that again reveals the heart of the Apostle Paul. These would be the last words he spoke to them in person.
Have you thought what your last words will be to those whom you love dearly? What would you like to say to the ones you love most before you depart from this world? I have thought about it a great deal. We all want to leave some kind of legacy for our children and grandchildren. The greatest legacy we can leave them is a spiritual one.
Look carefully at Paul’s words. First, he commended these people whom he loved dearly to God. Paul placed them in the care and protection of God. Of course, he knew they were already in the Lord’s hands, but Paul confirmed it with a benediction. Paul entrusted them into the sovereign love and grace of God.
Second, he commended those whom he loved to the word of God’s grace. He emphasized the importance of the Word of God as being central in their lives. The Word of God build us up. It teaches that our salvation is by grace alone and that God’s Word is essential for our growth in grace.
Finally, Paul pointed the Ephesian elders to the promised inheritance that was theirs. No earthly inheritance compares to the one we will receive when we go home to Christ. This inheritance is described as one “which is imperishable, and undefiled, and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed int he last time” (I Peter 1:4,5).
Paul’s last words to those Ephesian elders are a great example to us of the last words we may want to leave with our loved ones. We commend our loved ones to the Lord and remind them of the importance of the Word of grace in their lives. We also point them to the inheritance God has promised His people — eternal life in the presence of Christ along with all its blessings.
Lord Jesus, my greatest desire for my children and grandchildren is to leave them a spiritual legacy that they in turn will pass on from one generation to another. Thank you for the inheritance You have promised me and all who believe in the Lord Jesus.
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