“Then Paul answered, ‘What mean ye to weep and to break my heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 21:13).
If, and when, we take an honest look at our lives we tend to find that many, if not most, of the decisions we have made in life are made with our comfort and convenience, safety and security in mind. Most of our decisions, whether we will admit it or not, are made with our desires, our wants, and our plans in the forefront of the decision-making process.
Oh, we tend to be big talkers!
We talk about, teach about, and preach about surrender and sacrifice. We even sing about surrendering it all. 🙂 Yet, if we are absolutely honest, when we “count the cost,” the first question we tend to ask ourselves (silently, of course), is, “Is this going to cost me too much?”
Not the Apostle Paul!
While it is a true that Paul was made of the same stuff you and I are made of, and was simply a sinner saved by grace, there was definitely something different in his life and ministry
The Apostle Paul didn’t allow father, family, friends, future ambitions, financial security or his fears of the unknown dictate where he went and what he did for God.
The apostle Paul lived a life on purpose and with purpose. He was a man of passion and persistence and he refused to allow fear to dictate the decisions he made. He made his decisions based on an unwavering faith in Christ and commitment to the cause of Christ!
How about us today?