Date: Tuesday, August 13
Scripture: Acts 21:7-16
Verse: Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 21:13)
When I read biographies, I am often amazed at the sacrifices people were willing to make for the thing the loved. I recently read of a musician whose strong focus and determination led him to forgo many of the temptations others succumb to along the way, and instead practice and write songs. I have read of athletes who have not tasted fast food because they want to keep their bodies in top condition. I have even read of others who have sacrificed greatly for one they love – movies and songs are written about these.
In today’s reading a prophetic word comes to Paul through the daughters of Philip. It is not a word of success as we would define it. It is not directing Paul’s mission down the path of least resistance. The prophecy informs Paul of where his journey is leading – toward being imprisoned. Paul’s friends beg him to consider a different course of action, away from the suffering. One would expect Paul to take the prophecy and the word of his companions as a sign from God to alter his plans. Instead, Paul accepts the consequences saying not only is he willing to be imprisoned, he is ready to give is life for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Paul’s example is a challenge to us. He was ready to endure hardship for the sake of his call as a disciple of Jesus Christ. The hardships we are most likely to face, pale in comparison to his imprisonment. Yet we are often tempted to shy away. The road of faith isn’t always easy, but when we are doing as Jesus has called us, it is worth it.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, may my love for you burn like Paul’s, that I may be ready to sacrifice of myself for your sake. Amen.
Action: Take a step into an unresolved issue in your life. Face it head-on.
Respond: What sacrifices have you heard of others making for the sake of who or what they love? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. If you are receiving this via email, click the title at the top of the email to take you to the devotion webpage where you can leave a comment.