Acts 20:11 And when Paul had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while, until daybreak, and so departed. (ESV)
It was Sunday. Paul had already preached past midnight. They continued to talk and share a meal together (perhaps two – including v. 7) until dawn before departing on his journey toward Jerusalem.
These are some of the sweetest, most precious, most memorable times of fellowship. Those late into the wee hours of the night conversations, when you know you’re going to regret it because you have to get up early for work the next day; after a time of studying God’s word together, paired with a good meal shared together with Jesus at the center (Agape Feast). That’s the kinda disciple maker Paul was: 3 months in Greece (v. 3), two years at Corinth (19:10), a year in Antioch (11;26). I want to be this kind of disciple maker – in it for the long haul! Many late night conversations, many tears, many sent on many travels.
Lord Jesus, fill me with a disciple making spirit like Paul. Give me a passion for relational discipleship. May there be many meals shared together, many long conversations, many Bible Studies that run too long, many tears shed, many sweet times of prayer together, many disciples made and many sent.
In Jesus’ name – Amen,