Read Acts 21:1-26
Key Verse: Acts 21:13 “But he said, ‘Why all this weeping? You are breaking my heart! For I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but also to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus.” (NLT)
The apostle Paul was perfectly prepared in his heart to end up in jail once again. He even said that he was ready to die for sake of the Lord Jesus. Paul just would not give in to the people’s requests for him to stay with them. He refused to disobey what he already knew God had told him to do. The cost of obeying God was not his main concern. Whatever would happen to him, whatever suffering, or embarrassment, or even death itself he was going to obey God, period.
If we are honest with ourselves would we be able to say that we would go that far for God? It would be very difficult for us to go ahead with our plans if we knew that we faced certain imprisonment and possibly even death. Paul was determined to follow God. His determinedness and passion for God’s will went far beyond any concern for his own personal well-being.
Most of us don’t need to worry about being put in jail for our faith in God. But as a believer who desires to Act Out for God you need to understand that you may very well suffer in other ways for your faith. Ridicule, rejection, insults, and even abuse may result from taking a stand and sharing the love of Jesus to a lost and hurting world. So how can you still proceed knowing such things could happen to you? It is simple. Trust God. He won’t lead you through anything you can’t handle. He is always with you and He will never forsake you. Stand tall, Act Out, trust God. He is in control.
Prayer: “Lord, please give me the strength I need to continue serving you no matter what I may face. Help me to be as determined as Paul was to go wherever and do whatever you want me to.”