Acts 21:1-17

Today’s devotion was written by Mary Jo Foster.

Acts 21:13:  “Then Paul answered, ‘Why are you weeping and breaking my heart?  I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.’”

In today’s scripture, we are reading about Paul’s continued journey and his determination to go to Jerusalem.  Paul has continuously felt the hand of God leading him through the country, bringing people to hear his words and to believe what he tells them.  These converts are enthusiastic and excited about this loving God who sent His Son to save them and help them experience God’s love in a new and personal way. 

They are also receiving the Holy Spirit and coming to know things they never thought possible.  Through the Spirit, they come to know what awaits Paul in Jerusalem; and all want him to stay away, to be safe and avoid the dangers awaiting him there.

In this setting, what does Paul do?  He lets them know that he does not fear Jerusalem; that he is ready to be bound and even die for the name of Jesus.  Does he feel this way all by himself?  No, he is filled with the Holy Spirit and he is letting the Spirit lead.

I wonder if each of us might have our own Jerusalem – a journey we know we need to undertake, a place we know we need to go, a conversation we know we need to have, a past we need to face, a job we need to take, a mission we need to fulfill, discomfort we need to endure. 

The Spirit is calling, but we have not given Him the reins.  We have let others discourage us and have given in to the fear.

What could be your Jerusalem?  What is holding you back?  Listen, the Holy Spirit likes to whisper… 

What are your thoughts, comments, questions?

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