Those Who Sow Weeping

weepingThose who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! (Psalm 126:5 ESV)

Daily Reading: Today’s bible reading is Acts 21.

The book of Acts ends with Paul’s journey to Jerusalem. Acts 21 is the beginning of that end. Paul is starting his trek to Jerusalem.

I want to encourage you to read this chapter and be challenged by the determination of Paul. He was begged not to go by other disciples and told he would be imprisoned. Even the Spirit warns him of the trials ahead. In fact, one commentator I read suggested that God was actually telling Paul not to go to Jerusalem based on how clearly it had been communicated that he would suffer. I disagree. Paul, driven by Jesus’ fame, wanted to see his Jewish brothers and sisters come to know Christ.

Does Jesus ever call us to do hard things? To suffer? Absolutely.  I wonder if Paul recited  Jesus words from Luke 9 as he pressed forward towards Jerusalem with the gospel.

“And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, butwhoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?” Luke 9:23-25 ESV

Maybe the Spirit reminded him of the words he wrote to the Corinthian believers:

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, [18] as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 ESV

Trials will come. Let’s press on with the gospel. Joyful embrace awaits us.

I heard a new song last week that I want to encourage you to listen to. I’ll post a link below.

Grace & Peace.

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