Are You Ready
“Then Paul answered, ‘What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus”
The Apostle Paul’s fellow Christians in Caesarea try to persuade him that he should not proceed with his plans to go to the city of Jerusalem. Refusing to give in to their pressure, he utters this declaration of determination, courage, and faith.
Nowhere is Paul’s firm faith exhibited more openly than it is here: he is convinced that going to Jerusalem is what the Lord wants him to do; so he will not be deterred from that goal. Paul was ready to go anywhere and to do anything the Lord wanted him to, regardless of the apparent dangers.
Wherever we might find the same degree of faith Paul exhibits here, we will find courageous Christians who are willing to sacrifice themselves for the good of the Cause of Christ and for the spreading of the gospel. The Lord needs us to exhibit the same
determination so that the church may grow in strength and in number and so that we may be ready to meet Him in judgment.
"Thought for the Week - 09/28/2014" Joe Norton of Arlington, Texas.