“But there is another urgency before me now. I feel compelled to go to Jerusalem. I’m completely in the dark about what will happen when I get there. I do know that it won’t be any picnic, for the Holy Spirit has let me know repeatedly and clearly that there are hard times and imprisonment ahead. But that matters little. What matters most to me is to finish what God started: the job the Master Jesus gave me of letting everyone I meet know all about this incredibly extravagant generosity of God (Ac 20:22–24).
While reading the Bible this morning I was struck by Paul’s simple faith and three things stood out for me.
Paul felt compelled to go.
Paul was willing to go though he knew it would be hard.
He put Gods will above his comfort.
Paul was such a great example of how every one of us Christians should be. He wanted God’s will for his life to be done. That was it. He did not want a fancy home, latest piece of clothing, or whatever else was all the rage back then.
He just simply wanted Gods will to be done.
What an encouragement to me as I am trusting God to lead me to England. I am really in the dark about everything but I know that it will be hard to separate from my family and friends.
I just found out that I am going to be a grandmother for the first time. Leaving is not something that makes me comfortable, and yet I feel compelled, and so daily I ask God for strength to put His will above my comfort.
I do not know about you but I love to be comfortable. But I realize that is not advancing the kingdom of God.
We need to stop being comfortable and be about our fathers business!!!!
Come on Christians, let us arise and follow His lead.
We will never grow strong and tall unless we allow God to grow our roots deep.
Our roots grow with every act of obedience to God’s will for our lives.
What thing is God compelling you to do?
I am praying for you that you will just trust His heading to do it, comfort be damned!!!
Eugene H. Peterson, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2005), Ac 20:22–24.