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die for the name

in Acts 21 Paul is meeting with close friends in fellowship and prayer together. While there a prophet named Agabus prophecies his arrest at the hands of the Jews in Jerusalem.

Immediately his friends plead with him not to go. These were close friends who loved him. they were prophets and evangelists who walked with God. Yet all begged of him not to go.

Paul’s response though was simply this “…why do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalme for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

Paul had a radical faith that did not consider dying for the name of Jesus a loss but instead a gain. Strangely, Paul viewed persecution and possible death as a great privilege to be won rather than a great obstacle to be avoided at all cost.  What it makes me think is two things.

1. Am I one who would choose to preserve life over glorifying the name of Jesus, or do I have such radical faith as to see any persecution I may face for the sake and name of Christ a great victory and blessing in my life?

2. Paul was willing to suffer and even die for the name of Jesus Christ. Yet are most of us even willing to live for the name of Jesus Christ?Very few are ever called to die for the name but each one of us is called to live for the name with the same radical faith that Paul shows in his willingness to even die for it.

Paul knew that  “to live is Christ and to die is gain!”  Is this a truth that is true in our lives also?

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January 4, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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