“And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
A prophet came to Paul and his company to tell him that he would be bound in Jerusalem by Jews and delivered into the hands of the Gentiles. When Paul’s company hears it, they urge him not to go up to Jerusalem anymore. Paul, however, says that he is ready to die at Jerusalem for the name of Jesus.
I want to be like Paul. I want to be willing not to just be bound only, not just to face a little persecution only, but also to die for the name of the Lord Jesus. His name is worth dying for! Make me a bold witness for You, Lord!
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
I want for the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart to be acceptable in the Lord’s sight. Though I could never accomplish this in my own strength, the Lord is my strength and my redeemer. Because of the change He has brought about in my life through the cross of Christ, I am acceptable in His sight. Praise the Lord!
“After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome.”
Paul had just spent two years in Ephesus, and during that time “all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 19:10). He had just witnessed the Word of God prevail over them that used curious arts, causing them to repent and believe (Acts 19:18-20).
All of this success, however, didn’t satisfy Paul with the advancement of the gospel. In verse 21, he purposes to go back to Jerusalem and after that go and see Rome. He wanted to further advance the gospel! He wanted to take the same Word that changed so many lives in Ephesus to the city of Rome to transform the lives of the people there as well!
I desire to be like Paul, constantly thinking of what I can do and where I can go to get the gospel out!