S (Scripture): Acts 21:10 While we were staying [at Philip’s house] for several days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11 He came to us and took Paul’s belt, bound his own feet and hands with it, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is the way the Jews in Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’” 12 When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 Since he would not be persuaded, we remained silent except to say, “The Lord’s will be done.”
O (Observation): The prophet, Agabus, points to the likely result of Paul’s teaching and preaching. Paul will end up bound, imprisoned, and likely even put to death. The anger and frustration on behalf of God’s people is at a boiling point.
Paul’s response to this prophecy is that he is ready to be bound…even to die, if necessary. He will not let his call be interrupted by the threat of danger or death.
A (Application): Ever stood at a rally to support a cause you believe in? Ever spoken at such a rally? I have.
When you step into the public square, you feel different. You may not be risking much, but you feel a little out of place at first.
You ask yourself: “What do I believe in? Am I willing to risk being identified with ‘these people’?” Hopefully, you soon realize that you are one of those people. And then you are just “people.” You are one.
Perhaps Paul thought of all believers as one. Previously being Jew or Gentile matters not. Following God, in the person of Jesus Christ, is all anyone needs. Through our experiences – life, harm, death – God goes with us through it all.
P (Prayer): Lord, guide us through our days and nights. Amen.