Acts 14:26 “From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed”.
This morning I have the joy of meeting with a missionary couple who are on furlough from the field. There is nothing I enjoy more than sitting and listening to their stories of all that has happened since we were last together. Furlough is a leave of absence often to return home. But then this couple will return to the same place and continue with the work.
Paul and his team were not on furlough. They had completed the work. Disciples had been made, churches planted and elders appointed to lead and manage those churches. They came back to the church carrying stories of transformation and also probably the scars of mission with all that they had gone through.
Every Church should aspire to be an Antioch- Syria church in sending its people on mission. The team were successful in part because of the support that Antioch had given them. However the success of the mission is attributed to these words: “they had been committed to the grace of God”. The grace of God had sustained them, empowered them and enabled them to complete the work.
This afternoon I will have the equal joy of meeting a lady being sent by her church to the mission field. I will talk to her about this very point. I want her to understand that the grace of God will be there every day of her mission.
And you friends, wherever you are today, whatever you are doing, His grace is sufficient for you. Grace will find you and keep finding you. Grace will endure and secure and enable you.
Be sent and committed to the grace of God.