As he prepared to leave, Paul said he was captivated by the Spirit and in that captivity ready to face whatever earthly trials were to come. He admonished the Church to remember his testimony...a witness of living wholly for Christ. Are we ready to say that to folks: 'Look at how I live and know what faith in Christ looks like.'? That is a daunting statement!
Paul said his life demonstrated repentance toward God--true heart sorrow (for having gone his own way) that included a willingness to change and faith toward Jesus Christ--total reliance on the completed love-work of the Savior. Then Paul said, others will come who live for themselves. Take note of the testimony lives reveal and be wise about good--and simple about evil. False leaders look and sound good. Check this out:
Finally, he entrusted the Church to the Grace of God. That's where we all need to live--in grace--for we are imperfect, fallen folks. The only way any of us stand in Christianity is in GRACE! The testimony of our lives must be one that blazes forth the undeserved favor of God--for our 'goodness' is just filthy rags. Freedom to live for Christ comes only with grace!
So, let's follow Paul's example: Let go of our own wisdom, rejoice in the passion and perfect work of Jesus and give our all to those who come into our lives.