Only for 1 day
Acts 21: 7 “We continued our voyage from Tyre and landed at Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and sisters and stayed with them for a day.”
Everywhere Paul went he would find disciples of Christ to encourage them. This wasn’t in a random way or taking him out of the way, but this was on route to his destination, his trial in Jerusalem. So we are not surprised to see in this verse when they landed at Ptolemais that he did just that. But only for a day.
Stay with me for a moment as we read the journey of Jesus to Jerusalem:
As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem Luke 9:51
As they were walking along the road … Luke 9:57
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. Luke 10:1
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way … Luke 10:38
Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. Luke 13:22
Large crowds were travelling with Jesus … Luke 14:25
Now on his way to Jerusalem … Luke 17:11
Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem …” Luke 18:31
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through … Luke 19:1
After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem… Luke 19:28
When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives … Luke 19:37
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it … Luke 19:41
It is quite a journey! In between each of the above verses are accounts of Jesus meeting people, being confronted and confronting, teaching and miracles, but one thing is clear, I am not stopping here for long.
Just a day. One day. Why? Because I have to stand trial in Jerusalem, Paul would say.
What is our cause? Where is our destiny? What are our eyes focused on?
If we know where we are going then the interruptions of life no matter how wonderful and godly they may be will not become places where we settle and establish a home. This is not our home, it is there … that is my home … I cannot stay here too long … Don’t hold on to me I have to move … don’t distract me from my destiny.
It is true eternally, our eyes are on our heavenly home, the prize, the finishing line, Jesus. This is not our place, we are passing through and nothing will stop us from our destiny, we are sojourners in this world, we are going there, so I can just stay a day.