More than Just Words (Acts 20-21)

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.”  Acts 21:13

I have always been, since my early days of ministry, a person who is drawn to those moments in history when people placed their lives on the line. I have gained so much from the examples of people of faith whose faith was more than just words.

This morning our Bible reading plan takes us back to the book of Acts which recounts the early days of the New Testament Church. By the time of Acts 20 the church had spread the gospel as far as Asia and was making inroads into Europe.

One of the early church’s hero’s of faith was Paul and his ministry team. Paul was loved greatly by the church. But in the opposite he was just as much hated by the Jewish religious community. In their eyes Paul had become a traitor as well as a cast-away.

In Acts 20 and 21 we get a firsthand look at how Paul was willing to put his own life on the line for God’s perfect plan for his life (21:14). When I think of Paul I think about a Christian who’s faith was more than words.

Acts 20-21 give clear proof of Paul’s commitment. Even though Paul knew what was ahead of him, Pul walked the walk in love with Jesus.

When Paul arrived in Jerusalem it was a turning point in his ministry. From that point forward Paul faced suffering and persecution at a new level he had never experienced before. Ultimately Paul’s life would be claimed in the battle.

I must confess, I am asking myself this morning, if my faith is more than words?

When Paul was attacked and beaten by the crowds in the Temple (21:27-30) he had a choice. Paul could have decided to walk away and who could blame him for all he already been through. Or he could decide to continue the fight. I praise the Lord for Paul’s decision to continue forward in faith.

Brothers and sisters, the things we are facing in America lead us to ask, what should we do. The options before us are as follows:

  • We can walk away.
  • We can hide out.
  • We can engage in the battle for the sake of the name of Jesus.

Brothers and sisters, may our faith be more than on a coffee cup. May our words be the story of what we are doing in our faith. For the sake of His name we stay in the fight. For the sake of the millions of unborn we stay in the fight. For the sake of the souls of this nation we stay in the fight.

I pray you have been challenged, as I have, from Paul witness to be courageous for the glory of Jesus!!!

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