Text: Acts 21 (Judges 7-8)
In Acts 21 we find Paul traveling to Jerusalem as his third missionary journey comes to a close. In the Mediterranean port of Caesarea, a prophet warns him of mortal danger ahead, and the people give him advice to avoid Jerusalem where they will be gunning for him. Paul replies,
“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).
After reading this in my Bible this morning, I began to think about myself. Is my heart that given over to Jesus? If I were threatened, would I shy away, or would I lean in, assured and bold for Jesus? My thoughts turned to a young man from Mali (West Africa) who has visited us twice in the last few years. For his safety I cannot write his name in this blog. This young man is the first Christian in his tribe and is now translating the Bible and preaching the Gospel. He told us of a face-off he had in his village with a genuine, armed Islamic terrorist bent on killing him if he refused to deny Jesus. Our friend and his companion prayed, and the Lord told them to be bold because the bad guys would be cast into confusion. That’s exactly what happened. Our friend shared the Gospel with a hundred of his people – the first time they had ever been told of Jesus – as the befuddled terrorists watched!
Today, this man continues to boldly proclaim Jesus. Pray for him and all those like him who serve Jesus at the risk of their lives. And pray that we would never give in to the fears we might face. May Jesus be glorified!
in Him, Mike