The gospel road
Acts 20:23 “I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.”
Compelled by the Spirit and now warned by the Spirit that if you are obedient then you will face trouble. Now do you still want to go?
For Paul, knowing that he would face prison and hardship was worth going to every city with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He did not love his life so as to shrink from death (Rev 12:11), he wouldn’t die for a few years, but he was on the road to his death for sure.
The gospel road is the pathway to your death for the sake of the gospel.
“We are prepared to die. We will die for the gospel. We know it. Someone here will die.” I was there when this was said. These are common words from the Suffering Church.
Perhaps there is no chance that you will die because of your faith. Maybe you are in a privileged nation. If that is the case then your surrender and submission to God over your life is even more important because for many in the family of God, death means just that.
The gospel road is worth your surrender.
The religion road is not worth it.
The road of kindness and being nice is not worth it.
The campaign road of correcting everyone else is not worth it.
The road of gain is not worth it.
Only the gospel of Jesus Christ will cause you to surrender and say yes to the Spirit, ‘wherever you take me I will go’.
Do you still want to go?