6-Week Series: Against All Odds


Summary: This message deals with the thought -- "When is enough enough when we are serving Christ"


ACTS 20:17-27

$3 Worth of God

I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I don’t want enough of Him to make me love a black man or pick beets with a migrant. I want ecstasy, not transformation; I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God, please.

It’s Not Enough to be Busy

Two men were out hunting. Neither was a good shot. After they had tramped through the fields for hours, they had seen plenty of rabbits but had yet to hit one. With evening coming on, both were getting tired. One turned to the other and said, “Tom, what about it? Let’s just miss two more and call it a day.” Despite the lack of anything to show for their time, these two hunters probably expended as much energy and effort as if they had bagged twenty rabbits. The same thing, unfortunately, can and does happen to people. “It is not enough to be busy,” someone once said, “one must also get results.”

INTRODUCTION: What constitutes enough? It is a hard question this day in age, and would require panoply of experts to achieve a politically correct answer to the question. Yet, for the believer in Christ, the answer is not long, drawn out or hard. In fact the answer is quite simple. According to Scripture – enough is enough when we have been successful in testifying to the gospel of the grace of God.

Consequently, this applies to every area of our life. We have done enough in each area of our life when that area of our life has been a testimony to the Lord!


Acts 20:17-19 From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church. 18When they arrived, he said to them: "You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia. 19I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews.

A Devotion starts from day one! -- “served the Lord”

B Paul had a clear picture of who he was serving

1 Lord – One who is supreme in authority

C Paul had a clear picture of how he was serving

1 Served – been a slave to either voluntary or involuntary!

2 Being bound to one – voluntary act


Acts 20:19-21 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews. 20You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. 21I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.

A The Attitude of Service

1 Service with Humility

a Humility is a willingness to do for someone else

b Humility is behaving in an unassuming manner

c Humility is identifying with the need and not the person

d Humility is taking on a spirit of gentleness


§ Measure ourselves against Jesus, and not our friends or neighbors. – Measure against perfection produces humility because we see how far we need to go.

§ Continue to remain conscious of God’s permanence. Self-exaltation comes when we get caught up in everything that we have, or think we have. Everything we have either, rusts, breaks, wears out, loses value, or in one form or another deteriorates! But, EVERY TIME we see a bit of rust, we need to remember that God does not rust or wear out, or lose value, or break!

§ Actively move us away from the center of the picture. I read once where the best way to take photograph is to place the subject in one of the corners of the picture, and not in the center. That placing the subject in this way actually enhances their appeal in the photo

2 Service with Tears

a Tears for those who did not know Christ as Savior

b Tears for those who had slipped from Christ

c Tears for those who thwarted the cause of Christ

B The Urgency to Serve

1 Teaching plain, simple, and direct – holding nothing back

2 Using every opportunity to serve – both public and private

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