Paul was a man who did not care about the physical and emotional consequences of his obedience to the mission. Through this mission, Europe was reached for Christ and we now live under the Judeo-Christian tradition. The very laws of our society are even based on the fabric of the Bible.
Paul went into a great deal of trouble, so that we could receive Christ. He counted the cost of his mission and was willing to pay it.
Whatever our mission is in life, we should ask ourselves whether we are willing to pay the price to see the mission accomplished. To what lengths are we willing to go?
In the midst of our troubles and challenges we do all need encouragament. We need to know God is with us, in our mission. So did Paul. We read:
Acts 23:11 The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”
God didn’t say it was easy. He did not promise a smooth ride. But he was near. And he encouraged Paul’s heart. Today, we may know God is near. He is the one encouraging us to keep going, to see his mission accomplished.