How we need courage among us as the people of God. I was reading Acts 21 a little while ago and was struck by the courage displayed by Paul. We read in Acts 21:10-14
After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, ‘The Holy Spirit says, “In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.”’
When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. 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.’ When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, ‘The Lord’s will be done.’
Paul’s declaration that he is willing to die for the name of the Lord Jesus, powerfully challenges me as regards to my devotion to the one who is my Lord, Jesus Christ. The name is so important here. Paul is convinced that Jesus is Lord and as Lord He has total control over his life. So if that means he must die he will willingly do so.
Notice that it is not his own name or honour that determines his action. Rather it is the Name of the Lord Jesus. What will I give for the honour of the Name of the Lord Jesus? This reminds me of the quote by nineteenth century missionary C T Studd “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.”
Where is my courage? Oh Lord please strengthen me.