What Moves You? 

from Jeremiah’s Turning Point

But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Acts 20:24 

The great gift of humankind is the ability to be moved, to be inspired—by art, music, people, architecture, nature, poetry, acting, and more. But we are also inspired by fear. Godly motivations move us to dream big; unwise motivations inspire us to retreat.
The apostle Paul said something profound in today’s Scripture reading: “But none of these things move me.” He was talking about the fear of persecution from those who opposed his ministry in Jerusalem. But he wasn’t “moved” by their threats—or, more generally, anything that might befall him in the future. Why? Because he didn’t count his life dear to himself. That is, he viewed his life as belonging to God, not to himself (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Paul was moved primarily by one thing: “the ministry which [he] received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”

The greater our God-given dream—our vision, our ministry—the less we will be moved by the things of this world.

Whatever moves the heart wags the tongue. 
C. T. Studd

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