Acts 21:10-13 (MSG)
After several days of visiting, a prophet from Judea by the name of Agabus came down to see us. He went right up to Paul, took Paul’s belt, and, in a dramatic gesture, tied himself up, hands and feet. He said, “This is what the Holy Spirit says: The Jews in Jerusalem are going to tie up the man who owns this belt just like this and hand him over to godless unbelievers.”
When we heard that, we and everyone there that day begged Paul not to be stubborn and persist in going to Jerusalem. But Paul wouldn’t budge: “Why all this hysteria? Why do you insist on making a scene and making it even harder for me? You’re looking at this backward. The issue in Jerusalem is not what they do to me, whether arrest or murder, but what the Master Jesus does through my obedience. Can’t you see that?”
Paul was so unaffected by what people might do to him. He had no fear. No matter whether he was arrested or murdered, all that mattered to him was that he was obedient to Christ.
What a great example for us to follow. If only we would adopt that same mindset and forget what others might think is the right decision.
The issue, Paul says is, ‘even though I will go through very troublesome times, what God wants to do through my obedience is all that I care about.’