Acts 21:1-16 — No matter the cost

It’s a little tricky trying to interpret this passage.  Were the prophesies concerning Paul going to Jerusalem meant merely to warn him of what was ahead of him?  Or were they meant to turn him from the course he was headed?

My guess is the former.  From the very day he was converted, he was told that he would have to suffer for the name of Jesus in taking the gospel to both Jew and Gentile (Acts 9:15-16).

It was perhaps because of this, that when the people pleaded that he not go back to Jerusalem, Paul said,

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.  (13)

In other words, he was determined to follow Christ no matter the cost, and nothing and no one would ever dissuade him from doing so.

How about you?  God never promised that life would be smooth if we followed him.  He never promised that everyone would love us for doing so.  In fact, he promised the exact opposite.  (John 16:33 and II Timothy 3:12 among others).

It’s one thing to know God has said this, however.  It’s another to face it head on.  Will you?

May God give us the grace and courage to face such situations when they do come.

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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