I believe that any of us who know very much about the bible would agree that Paul was a great man. He was used of the Lord to write a least 13 epistles. He led untold numbers of souls to the Lord. In plain simple English Paul got the job done. Whatever field that you are in, one of the ways to become better at it is to find someone who was good at it and learn how they did it. Paul is a great example for us all to follow. He influenced lives throughout several countries. All of us who are saved are in the field of winning souls. Paul was a great soul winner, so let us take a look at How Paul Got It Done.
A. Without Procrastination Verse 18 teaches that from the first day that Paul arrived he got to work. Paul did not waist any time. He did not put off and put off the work of the Lord.
1. Most of the Christians today have good intentions. There is a lot that we intend to do for the Lord. But these intentions some how keep getting put off until tomorrow. Tomorrow never seems to get hear. If we are not careful, we will run out of tomorrow's.
2. We need to follow Paul's example and not procrastinate. We would get more done. The devil does not care how much you intend to do for the Lord as long as you put it off.
3. If we are going to get the job done we will have to quit procrastinating.
B. Without Pride Verse 19 tells that Paul served the Lord with all humility.
1. As great as Paul was, he knew that he was expendable. He was a humble man. We do not find Paul bragging about what he had done.
2. There are some that when the Lord blesses them they get lifted in pride. Pride goeth before destruction. Many people have been destroyed because they didn't serve with humility.
3. Paul didn't have to lift himself above others or put others down to make himself feel big.
C. Without Prejudice Verse 21 To the Jews and also to the Greeks. (gentiles)
1. The gentiles were considered unclean, vial people who were on the level of dogs. Paul did not have this attitude. He had no prejudice when it come to the gospel.
2. Too many today can not get the job done because they are to busy picking and choosing who they want to ask to come to their church. They just do not want certain people in their church because of class, color or other circumstances.
3. If we are going to get the job done like God wants, we are going to love them regardless of their class, color or circumstances.
D. Without Preserving In verse 20 Paul states that He held nothing back. When it come to serving God, Paul let it go. Paul gave it 110 percent. He gave it all that he had.
1. So many of us today serve God like we are on rations. Like we are trying to conserve gas or there is a power shortage.
2. We need to put the peddle to the metal, the hammer down and let her go when it comes to serving God. Give it all that we've got. .
3. There are many under the sound of my voice that are holding back. To worried about what others may think. Holding back because of fear of failure. We need to get our foot off of the brakes and let it loose for Jesus.
We looked at some of the thing Paul got the job done without. Now let us take a look at what he got the job done with.
A. With Compassion In verse 19 we find that the job was done with many tears.
1. Paul loved the people. He was moved to tears thinking about the fact that they would go to hell if they did not get saved. It was not put on or onion tears, this was real.
2. If we are going to get the job done it will be done with love. The job simply will not get done if we do not have compassion for people. There are so many today that have a don't care attitude. We are going to make it that is all they worry about, too selfish.
3. Charity hideth a multitude of sins. If I have not charity I am nothing.
B. With Control Verse 19 reveals that there were many temptations.
1. Paul was tempted with just about everything you could imagine. There were even plots to take his life, and to destroy his influence. Paul did the job with control.
2. If we plunder during trials and temptations the job will not get done. So many today can't say no. They have no control in their lives. This is in lots of areas. No control over their own desires, can't say no to themselves, spending out of control. Then they wonder what is the matter with their kids.
3. If we want our testimonies to be effective we need to say no in temptations.
C. With Contact In verse 20 we find that Paul went from house to house.
1. Paul actually visited people for the sole purpose of teaching them about Christ. He went from house to house. He saw and knew the people.
2. In most churches this is completely forgotten. Many preachers have become keepers of aquariums instead fishers of men.
3. Paul made contact with the people. If we are going to get the job done we will need to make contact with the lost. A good way to start is house to house. It may be the most pleasant thing that you have ever done, but it will get the job done.
D. With Confirming In verse 21 we find that he preached or confirmed repentance and faith.
1. Paul did not tell people you are OK just add Jesus. He preached that they need to repent of their sins, and believe in Jesus.
2. The social gospel will not get the job done. It is the gospel of repentance and faith.
There are some things here that will help us get the job done in our lives. Let us take some lessons from Paul that will help us do a better job.