A deeper look at Paul’s passion toward the spread of the gospel and the value of his own life causes me to question whether I have a “EVEN IF” attitude and heart? After he spoke openly to the Ephesian elders at Miletus about his life and ministry to them (Acts 20:17-35), Paul left and made his way toward Jerusalem. Even after the pleading and urging of many, He remained fixed in heart and mind that Jerusalem was where God wanted him to go. Notice the clarity of his commitment:
“Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus”” (21:13). When we are truly governed by the will of God, emotional persuasion has no power. Though Paul had no idea what lay ahead in Jerusalem, Caesarea or Rome, it did not matter to him. The gospel propelled him to witness to the gospel of the Lord Jesus and his life was of no value nor was it precious to himself (20:24).
Paul tells the Philippians, “Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all” (2:17). This was written from prison with the expectation of martyrdom at any time, but he was glad and rejoiced because the sacrifice of his life was going to be like a drink offering poured out because these believers were secure in Christ. Not long after this letter, Paul told Timothy, “I am already being pour out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come” (2 Timothy 4:6).
We know a dear brother who is willing to be “a drink offering” just to reach one more people group with the gospel. He has the passion of Paul. These examples force us to face the question; are we willing to be “poured out as a drink offering” for the sake of one more unreached people group hearing the liberating gospel of Jesus? This is an eternal question!
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