Continuing with the post from a couple of days ago,
I was reading about the Apostle Paul in Acts 21 where he was determined to go to Jerusalem. In verse 4, it seems that Paul was directed by the Holy Spirit not to go –maybe it wasn’t God’s time for him to go. I believe Paul, as well as his companions knew a trip into Jerusalem would be dangerous; however, God was calling him there.
One day, while staying in Philip’s home, a prophet named Agabus was there visiting. Agabus was a mighty New Testament prophet who predicted a famine (Acts 11:28).
The Prophet walked up to Paul and did a strange thing. Without a word, he unfastened Paul’s belt and took it from him. Agabus then wrapped the belt around his own arms and legs and said :
Thus says the Holy Spirit, “So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles”Acts 21:11 NKJ.
At these terrifying words of the prophet, everyone in the house began pleading with Paul not to go to Jerusalem. They feared Paul would be imprisoned or even worse, put to death.
Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus” Acts 21:13 NKJ.
I like what Luke writes in the next verse:
So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, “The will of the Lord be done” Acts 21:14 NKJ.
I believe that Agabus revealed what Paul needed to know, and when Paul saw this revelation, he was certain of what needed to be done.
As I read this story, I asked myself this question: What if in this trip to Cambodia, it was revealed to me that my life would be in danger. Could God trust me to go? Would I, as Demas did, choose the comforts of the world?
Obviously, there is some risk involved in any mission trip; how far will I go to see people come to Christ? How far will you go? Within the answer to this question we find our love for Christ and his calling.
Before you answer this question, remember Demas.