“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.” And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.” - Acts 21:13-14
Paul was ready to go to Jerusalem, regardless of anything that would happen. Eventually by the end of the book of Acts, he'd end up imprisoned and die in Rome. It’s easy to say what we’ll die for, especially for the Christian, as Paul had written before, to die is to gain. But, are we willing to live for our faith? Are we willing to die to ourselves daily, which produces life. The two seem at odds with each other at times.
During our series, “Ready To Die: The Courage of Conviction,” we are going to see Paul’s ability to live with a deep conviction of courage based on the power of the gospel at work in him and through him. You see this when Paul told his friends, “why are you weeping? I’m ready to face imprisonment and even die”. Why? because of his courage to abandon his life and comfort for the sake of the gospel.
There is great joy for us as followers of Jesus knowing that our hope for heaven is not a distant reality, but a present truth we get to experience. We know that no matter what happens in this life, Jesus will never leave us or forsake us. I’m praying for our church during this campaign, that God will grant us faith to live courageously because of the deep convictions of God’s promises.