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.” Acts 21:13
Everyone is begging Paul not to go to Jerusalem. It is made known through the Spirit that he will be imprisoned there. But he is set on going. He doesn´t seem to care that oppression is headed his way. He rebukes those who would dissuade him. He says he is ready to suffer anything that he must for the name of the Lord. Can we say the same today?
We may be quick to say that we are faithful servants of the Lord. We may think we are ready to suffer if need be. But do our actions betray our reluctance to put our necks on the line? Do we go to great lengths these days so that nobody can make us uncomfortable over our devotion to God? Should we be praying for the Lord to increase our faith? Should we ask God for the kind of dedication that Paul had before us? Should we ask for a faith that will prepare us for the inevitable hatred of a wayward world? Shall we pray for conviction strong enough to seek Jesus and His will regardless of any danger we may face? Shall we seek such a close relationship with Him now that we will gladly sacrifice anything at all to have Him in our lives and anything at all for the name of the Lord?
Increase our faith we pray! Draw us so close to You that we will be willing and ready to suffer anything just to be called Yours! Strengthen our walk with You so we can endure anything for the name of the Lord!