Acts 20:24 (NKJV) 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.
Do you think that Paul made a mistake by going to Jerusalem? Paul did not think so. He felt that he was totally in the will of God. Yes, he realized what awaited him in Jerusalem, after all the Holy Spirit of God reminded him of it at every city he stopped at. Would you have gone? Probably, you would be like many others and say that the risks were too high. And you would have said, “No I won’t go.” What about if a handful of people came to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. Would you go then? You do know how valuable each child of God is, right? You know that all the angels in heaven rejoices when even just one person comes to Christ for salvation, right? Knowing these things, do you think that Paul’s suffering was worth it? How about you? Do you think that your sufferings for Christ is worth it? We all have different assignments from God. Some of us will be called upon to suffer dearly, even to the point of death, while some of us will only occasionally be viciously criticized and falsely accused of misconduct or sinful things. There are different degrees of suffering, for sure. But yes, suffering for the gospel of the grace of God is worth it. Even if only one person comes to accept Christ as his or her Savior. That person’s salvation is worth it. This is why even when Paul was fully aware of the sufferings that awaited him in Jerusalem, he said, “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.”
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.