As we move through Acts, Paul continues to encourage his disciples. He leads them and he teaches them that many will be like wolves and distort the word.
In the end of Acts 19 – the riot was going and people were trying to cause problems. ” When the riot was over, Paul sent for the disciples, encouraged them, said good-bye, and left for the province of Macedonia.” Paul is travelling through Syria. When Paul arrives in Troas, he was only going to be there for a few days. So the first day of the week he talked through the night. A young man named, Eutychus was in the window and he fell a sleep and the room was on the third floor. He fell to his death, but Paul ran down to the ground and he fell upon the young man and he was alive!!! Paul went back upstairs and continued to preach through day-break. Time was short and he was trying to encourage elders.
He realized and taught them that he would not see them again, he was urgently trying to get to Jerusalem.
“You know how I lived among you the whole time I was with you, beginning with the first day I arrived in the province of Asia. 19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears in the midst of trials that came upon me because of the Jews’ schemes. 20 You know I held back nothing that would be helpful so that I could proclaim to you and teach you both publicly and privately in your homes. 21 You know I have testified to both Jews and Greeks that they must change their hearts and lives as they turn to God and have faith in our Lord Jesus.”
“I know that, after my departure, savage wolves will come in among you and won’t spare the flock. 30 Some of your own people will distort the word in order to lure followers after them. 31 Stay alert! Remember that for three years I constantly and tearfully warned each one of you. I never stopped warning you! 32 Now I entrust you to God and the message of his grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all whom God has made holy. 33 I haven’t craved anyone’s silver, gold, or clothing.”
In this way we remember the Lord Jesus’ words: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
I think Paul’s example is to spend all our free time working and teaching God’s word. He knew his time was short, he was desperate to teach them all they needed to continue his good work. We need to be desperate too and when we are there on judgement day, can we say the hard work we have done in the name of God. Can we say we have saved souls?