When on mission from the Lord, it is difficult to explain the drive to keep moving forward; even though the eventual end for one is not good. Paul had been warned that his return to Jerusalem was to end in his capture. still, he also knew that his mission was to carry the Gospel throughout the world and to the gentiles. God was moving him to a place that would ultimately change the course of history.
Still, all the folks he encountered hated to see him harmed. Time and again the friends and companions tried to wave him off of his return to Jerusalem. The question is, were they wrong for caring? No, as brothers and sisters in Christ we are tasked with the duty of speaking the truth in love. Paul’s friends and companions were simply telling him the truth. He ultimately had to do what he was called to do, but, his people also had to be sure he was following the journey that God was leading.
In our lives, we are also tasked with the duty of encouraging each other and building each other up. I Thessalonians 5:11. In that process, we can speak the truth, but like Paul’s companions, we have to let each person fulfill his God directed mission. It is difficult, and often as we do that, we do it with great fear and trepidation. But, God reminds us that we are to trust him with our future and its timing. As we do, he will use us to in some way change our lives and ultimately change the world!
God Bless You
After we had torn ourselves away from them, we put out to sea and sailed straight to Kos. The next day we went to Rhodes and from there to Patara. 2 We found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, went on board and set sail. 3 After sighting Cyprus and passing to the south of it, we sailed on to Syria. We landed at Tyre, where our ship was to unload its cargo. 4 We sought out the disciples there and stayed with them seven days. Through the Spirit they urged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. 5 When it was time to leave, we left and continued on our way. All of them, including wives and children, accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray. 6 After saying goodbye to each other, we went aboard the ship, and they returned home.7 We continued our voyage from Tyre and landed at Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and sisters and stayed with them for a day. 8 Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven. 9 He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.
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.’”