Acts 21:13 (ESV): 13 Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Paul was on his way back to Jerusalem. Paul definitely felt it was God’s will to go there, to deliver the money gathered to help those in need in Judea. But he also seemed to recognize that suffering lay ahead of him.
Paul and his group stopped at Caesarea for some time. While he was there, a prophet named Agabus prophesied that the Jews in Jerusalem would bind Paul and deliver him to the Gentiles.
Upon hearing this, the believers tried to convince Paul not to go. But Paul was determined. He was willing to suffer and even to die for the name of the Lord Jesus.
Living in the center of God’s will does not necessarily mean “success”, an easy life, the favor of those around you, and security.
Sometimes, God’s will means definite suffering, even death. We should not seek to find another way. Rather, we should continue to follow faithfully the way Christ has set before us.
Heavenly Father, help me to live faithfully for you, following you closely, regardless of where the path may take me. May I confidently, passionately share the Good News with others regardless of hardship that awaits. Amen.