I Am Ready
Day: 23 | Plan: Acts
Today's Reading: Acts 21
Acts 21:13 (NIV) “Then Paul answered, ‘Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.’”
On Paul’s farewell journey toward Jerusalem, he experienced both pain and promise. He experienced both joy and tears. Not just for him but also for those he loved. A life of faith is like that.
Paul found great joy in being with God’s people and he shed many tears, faithfully proclaiming the gospel everywhere he went. He had a deep, genuine concern for the salvation and spiritual growth of others. His love was evident through words, actions and the amount of time he spent sharing his faith with people.
Paul always made it a priority to strengthen, encourage, teach and love on as many of God’s people as he possibly could. He devoted his Christian life to it! As a result, there was a beautiful bond of heartfelt love between Paul and God’s people.
Near the end of Paul’s third missionary journey, his friends were getting increasingly concerned about his safety. They warned that difficulty and danger awaited Paul in Jerusalem. Paul knew it was true. But he was ready. He was determined to finish God’s assignment with excellence.
When things got tough, Paul kept going. He would not quit. And despite the increasing opposition, persecution and repeated warnings of awaiting danger, he persevered with great courage and determination.
And so with every stop, he experienced tearful goodbyes and prayerful going-away parties. But Paul was compelled by the Spirit to press on. (Acts 20:22-24)
Because Paul focused on God’s purposes and not the emotions of the moment or his future circumstances, he was able to stay strong and steady. He remained firm in his commitment to do God’s will at any cost. Finally, they all agreed to let “the Lord’s will be done” (Acts 21:14).
Our goal in life should not always be pleasant days or a life of ease and peace. The goal of your life and mine should be obedient days. Yes, there will be joy and tears. There will be pain and promise. Even so, each of us should seek to live a life personally directed by the Holy Spirit’s guidance and committed to doing God’s will, no matter the cost.
May each of us say like Paul, “I am ready … ” (Acts 21:13).
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Paul’s obedience and willingness to serve You no matter the cost. I pray each of us is sensitive to Your Holy Spirit’s leading and we will courageously follow You with our whole hearts. Show us where, when and how You want to use each of us today to strengthen, encourage and love on others. May we passionately share Jesus, and with every opportunity, no matter the cost, may we say, “I am ready.” In Jesus’ name, amen.
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