Have you ever been given a directive from the Holy Spirit? Something you knew would place you at odds with friends or loved ones but needed to be acted out in obedience?
In Acts 21, Paul was preparing to go into Jerusalem and received a stern word of caution that he would be bound and handed over by the Jews if he didn’t subscribe to ceremonial law and keep up the appearance of “playing along”.
“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.” Acts 21:13 ESV
These people knew of Paul’s ministry and his message. They knew the passion that burned inside of him and yet (most likely out of concern and compassion) sought to deter him from following through.
It’s so hard to see past our prison of flesh. We’re spiritual beings being transported and transformed within a weak earthen vessel. The second we’ve trained our gaze on the heavens and caught a glimpse of the divine, our nose itches and it’s all lost. And we struggle even more when encouraging another believer to live outside their earthly attire and operate in faith and obedience.
Our ability to renew ourselves daily by washing ourselves in the truth of God’s Word, reminding ourselves of His promise, who we are in Him and what he’s asked of us may be the greatest trial we’ll face on this earth. And yet, it’s our lifeline until we’re able to meet Him face-to-face.