And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. “And indeed, now I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, will see my face no more.
Acts 20:22-25 NKJV
Oh! Where are the Pauls of our time who will see imminent danger in Jerusalem and yet will be determined to still go there simply because of the gospel.
A man called into ministry and the promise given to him by the Holy Spirit Himself was suffering and yet was ready to face it.
Is the Holy Spirit still calling men and women in the same fashion as He called Paul?
So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.
Acts 9:6, 15-16 NKJV
On the Damascus road encounter, the first word that came out of Paul’s lips was “LORD”.
That signified an immediate surrender.
A surrendered life will always want to know the mind of Christ on any matter, hence the next statement from Paul’s lips were, “what do you want me to do”.
Paul was then promised a journey with the Lord that involved
“I will show him how many things he must suffer for my name’s sake”
Dearly Beloved, today you want to ask God, “Lord what do you want me to do?”
Answering to the call of God definitely won’t be like taking a walk in the park. It has bitter and sweet moments, it involves ups and downs, it involves heat and cold, it involves good times and bad times. Sometimes you’ll be up and few times you may be in the valley.
Sometimes you may have control and other times you just surrender by saying ” Lord do as it pleases you”
Ultimately however, there must be only one goal in life. As for this goal, it can’t be two ways, it is one way. This goal is not two-sided, it’s not like ” if I don’t get there…”
No! You ought to get there!
In fact ! You must get there!
Our goal is not silver and gold, neither is it fame and popularity.
Our goal is;
so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Acts 20:24 NKJV
Now remember that the first Disciples of Jesus died through Persecution and murder yet to them it was a joyful moment.
The joy here is simply seeing Jesus welcoming you into eternity and declaring over you.
Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.
Matthew 25:23 NKJV.
Remain blessed in the Father’s love.
God bless you.
Evangelist Elvis Eben-Baffour
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