“Counting the Cost”
If you could know the future, are there things you would change if able?
Probably most reading this, have at least a portion of the “American Dream” in your future hopes.
But life seldom goes the way we plan.
In Paul’s ministry, He loves Christ and telling people about Christ. Surely his future will be wonderful, right?
Please read the following verses.
17 From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church.
18 When they arrived, he said to them: “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia.
19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews.
20 You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.
21 I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.
22 “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.
23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.
24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.
Would you continue down your current life path if you knew prison time and hardships were coming your way?
Nobody really wants these kinds of things in their lives.
If this were our future outlook, perhaps we give up what we are doing or at least change how we are doing it.
Paul soldiers on knowing the Lord God has given him a ministry, testifying to the gospel of God’s grace. Paul follows the Lord’s call on his life even if it will cost him his life, which it does.
I don’t know about you, but I would rather die in service to the Lord than to live a full life, then die and find I was outside the will of the Lord God.
How about you?