How To Live Without One Regret
And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. — Acts 20:25-27
This is not just a statement of absolution to the leaders in Ephesus but a statement of completion. Paul is stating that he has held fast to the plan given to him by God. He has lived without a single regret. And even now, in this last meeting with these men, he is reminded that the potential for regret was there. He could have strayed from God's plan for his life and ministry.
We need spiritual leaders like Paul today. Men who look dead in the face of personal sins, political pressures, public prejudices, perpetuated propaganda, and pending persecution who still hold fast to living as God has called them to live regardless of the personal cost. We do not need more men who get to the end of life with a list of regrets. Regrets about how they wished they would have behaved and spoken. This is not Paul. And this should not be us. And yet Paul had some regrets. He had regrets about how he formerly lived. But Paul made a decision, a resolute decision to live on mission and without regret. And you can do that too.
But how do we do this? How do we live life without regret? Here is what I think Paul would say to us given his words here. Here are five admonitions I think Paul would give to us:
- Listen to God's Plan A.
- Count the cost of doing Plan A.
- Don't count the cost of doing Plan A, and then devise a Plan B because you will end up doing Plan B.
- If you have a Plan B, burn it.
- Do Plan A promptly, and in the way God would want.
That's how you live life without regret. So go live it today.
ASK THIS: Which one on the list do you need to do today? (Share below #1, #2, #3, #4, or #5)
DO THIS: Address that item and live today without regret.
PRAY THIS: God, take my regrets off the table. Please help me to live resolutely.
PLAY THIS: Ryan Stevenson — No Matter What.
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