Bring It

When we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais, and we greeted the brothers and stayed with them for one day.On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied. While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. And coming to us, 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.’” When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem. 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.” And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.” Acts 21:7-14.

Paul was not only willing to suffer for Christ, but to die as well. What the prophet, Agabus, may have meant as a warning, that Paul may avoid prison, Paul took as confirmation of his itinerary.

Most of us in America, who have shared our faith with others, have only felt the scourge of disapproval, or the sting of mockery. But that is a good place to start. Once it doesn’t bother you anymore, it will take harsher treatment to make you recoil. Paul’s fearlessness did not come naturally. He built up his resistance over time, and we can do the same.

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