“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.”
- Acts 20:22 NIV
Paul was faithful to go wherever God called him, knowing his life might be in danger and that he would often face rejection because of his beliefs. It was an adventure to follow Jesus, and it still is today. However, that thought of not knowing often holds us back. It is fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of rejection, fear of failure. It is this insecurity that holds us back from the call to go.
But what happens when we do take that leap of faith? We see how Paul living and proclaiming the love of Jesus boldly and fearlessly caused the church to grow from it’s 120-person roots to a movement that stretches across the globe. Each day we have the opportunity to follow this call, not knowing what will happen, but living by faith to make a difference in our homes, community, and the world.
[Upward] What did this passage reveal to you about God? Praise him for being that God.
[Inward] What did this passage bring up in you? Be honest with God about your questions and shortcomings, your fears and desires.
[Outward] What does this passage call me to in relationship to others in my world? Ask God to help you take your place in the new chapter of the Book of Acts that is being written in your life today.