March 22, 2012 by Chris French
Have you ever gone to an old graveyard? I have. In fact I’ve been to several of them. For a while there I was very much into my grandmother’s (my mom’s mother) side of my family tree. So we would go to these graveyards and eventually find the headstone we were looking for. Several times it was so old we couldn’t make out the numbers so we’d put a piece of paper against the headstone and rub pencil tip against the paper so the numbers we couldn’t make out would pop up on the paper. We were essentially tracing the gravestone.
When you come to Acts 20 you find Paul saying his last goodbyes to the elders at the church in Ephesus. One of the last things he says to them is “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the word of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, “It is more blessed to give that to receive.” I want to focus in on that word “shown”. Paul is literally saying that he gave them an example. Now they were supposed to trace his life just like we used to trace those headstones. What a sentiment! If they emulated Paul’s life they would make God proud! Could you say that to someone? Is your life worth tracing?