Paul: There was one characteristic of Paul that stands out in his life; he pursued his purpose with total commitment. That mindset began with persecuting the church. But when God intervened his pursuit with a new purpose, even suffering would not stop Paul from following God's plan for him. In Paul's short stay at Ptolemais, the "prophet Agabus came down from Judea...he took Paul's belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, Thus says the Holy Spirit, "This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles." Without any hesitation, Paul made it very clear that "I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus" (Acts 21:7-13).
You and Me: Are we so certain of our calling and purpose? Even if knowing that persecution is ahead will not divert us from pursuing that purpose? Paul would not be persuaded away from the clear call and purpose of his life. Neither must we!
After Agabus and the other brethren realized that Paul was set on going to Jerusalem, they said, "Let the will of the Lord be done" (21:14). This must be the attitude of the church. If we cannot go ourselves, we must stand behind those whom God is sending out into the fields of those who have never heard the good news of Jesus Christ.
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