Joseph Stowell, in his book Fan the Flame, tells of how “the Greeks had a race in their Olympic games that was unique. The winner was not the runner who finished first. It was the runner who finished with his torch still lit. I want to run all the way with the flame of my torch still lit for Him.”
All of us should have the goal of finishing the race God has set before us with the flame of His Spirit still ablaze in our hearts. But as we will see in today’s lesson, even for the great apostle Paul such a lofty goal is more difficult than it seems. As he ran his race on the mission field, he no doubt was beaten down, not only by the Jews, but by the devil and the world. What he needed is what we all need at times and that was “a second wind.” We’ll see him get exactly that in today’s text in Acts.
May God encourage us in our race for Him as we study Acts today,