In Acts 20, we read of Paul’s farewell from Miletus. Paul sent word for the elders of the Ephesian church to come to him. He would never see them again on this side of Heaven. He reminded them of four examples of integrity and encouraged them to follow his example.
Paul reminded them to be HUMBLE (verses 18-21). He wanted the emphasis to be on Jesus not on him. The word “serving” in verse 19 is the Greek term doulos which refers to “a servant with no rights of his own.”
Paul reminded them to be HONORABLE (verses 22-24). Even when the going was tough, his integrity would not allow him to quit. Be faithful; don’t quit.
Paul reminded them to be HEALTHY (verses 26-31). He had not given them a popular message but declared “the whole counsel of God.” His integrity demanded that he be consistent in the gospel with everyone. He could say, “I am innocent of the blood of all men.” Can you and I say that? Do you present a consistent, holy and healthy life in front of all men?
Paul reminded them to be HARMONIOUS (verses 32-35). Interestingly, Paul ended this address with counsel on finances. If our integrity ever lags, it will probably first be obvious in financial matters.
Though Paul accepted the gifts of others, he insisted on paying his own way. He concluded by reminding them “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Let’s all be encouraged today to be humble, honorable, healthy and harmonious!