Wednesday, June 7

I am ready

Scripture: Acts 21

Acts 21:13-14 Then Paul replied, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be tied up, but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 Because he could not be persuaded, we said no more except, “The Lord’s will be done.”

Observation

First, I am so impressed (as always) with Paul’s courageous devotion to Jesus. “I am ready.” Ready not only to be tied up (imprisoned) but even to die for Jesus. Often, I’m not even ready to be inconvenienced!

Second, Paul’s friends tried hard to persuade him to stay away from Jerusalem—to no effect. So they surrendered to God’s will. “The Lord’s will be done.” Don’t think of this as resignation, but surrender; not giving up, but giving in to God’s purposes. 

Application

I was thinking this morning on the way to work how difficult this season has been. I’ve often been burdened, sad, upset and losing sleep—all unlike me. But it’s nothing compared to the opposition Paul faced that resulted in imprisonment and death. And even that doesn’t tell the whole story. See 2 Corinthians 11:16-33. Paul willingly faced it all for the sake of Jesus. His devotion to Jesus was so deep, so real, so profound that he was willing to face anything for Jesus. May the same be true of me. 

Most of my distress lately has been about some folks I love who are making choices that make no sense to me. (“What am I missing?”) I wonder if this is how Paul’s friends felt? So this passage reminded me to make my best appeal, and then trust the Lord. Surrender. “The Lord’s will be done.” 

Prayer: Lord, I love You. Help me to love You with same kind of devotion that Paul expressed here. Yes Lord to anything anytime anywhere—no matter the cost. And I surrender to you regarding my friends. I want the best for them and I know You do too. The Lord’s will be done. 

More: 1 Kings 21-22, Philippians 3