PREPARE TO FOLLOW

10 After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11 Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’” 12 When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. 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.” 14 When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”

Acts 21:10-14 

Paul journeyed steadily toward Jerusalem, in the face of great pain and suffering. Even those around him knew that this would not end well. Agabus theatrically demonstrated what would happen to Paul, while others begged him not to go. This man was on a mission and fully prepared for the outcome. It was emotionally moving for Paul to experience the plea of those around him, but he was resolutely determined to see the mission through.

Previous experience of mistreatment and advice from godly friends would suggest that Jerusalem was not safe. Men like Paul do not defer to safety; they prioritize God's leadership and mission. All men have a decision-making framework that becomes apparent when challenged. There are always two types of choices: safe and risky. Following Christ will lead to elevating our call over our comfort. Being God's man means knowing ahead of time the decision you'll make when you come to the crossroads of life. Follow Paul's example by staying on mission, even when it requires risk.

DO THIS TODAY: Prepare your heart to follow Jesus no matter the cost. 

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