What is the measure of our faith? What are we willing to surrender in devotion to Christ? The apostle Paul was willing to give everything, including his very life, per Acts 20 and 21. It could have been tempting for Paul to opt out of going to Jerusalem when he learned that danger was awaiting him there. He was emphatically warned on several occasions that his return to the cherished city would be fraught with calamity. But perseverance does not cave, or give in to pressure. Paul would not be deterred from seeing his fellow believers, or spending time worshipping God in the temple. The lesson being, our allegiance to Jesus will put as at odds with others so we must be careful that we wisely guard our heart, and seek God’s will. May we value the Lord’s sovereignty, even it when it conflicts with our personal safety.
Acts 20:22-23 “‘And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.” (NIV)
Kevin Orr (12/2/2018)