Missions in Action
Today’s reading is a journal from Paul’s third missionary journey. He traveled from Ephesus to Cos, Rhodes, and Patara, past Cyprus to Syria (harbor of Tyre). He stayed for a week and ministered to the believers there.
We went ashore, found the local believers, and stayed with them a week. (v.4)
Paul traveled to Ptolemais for a day and then off to Caesarea to stay with Philip the Evangelist and encourage him in the Lord. Paul ends up in Jerusalem where he gave a full missionary report of his travels and what God was doing around the world (much like missionaries today).
The next day Paul went with us to meet with James, and all the elders of the Jerusalem church were present. After greeting them, Paul gave a detailed account of the things God had accomplished among the Gentiles through his ministry. After hearing this, they praised God… (v.18-20)
In several of these locations, God spoke through His Spirit saying that Paul would be captured and killed if he went to Jerusalem. Paul went anyway – being lead by God. He wasn’t afraid – He trusted the hand of a Sovereign God.
I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but even to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus. (v. 13)
This is the heart of a missionary. Do you have that kind of heart? Are you committed fully to the cause? If not, ask God to change you today – to give you a heart of commitment to Him. Let’s pause today and pray for missionaries all over the world that are serving with full abandonment.
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor