Acts 21:11 When he had come to us, he took Paul’s belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’ ”
12 Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem.
13 Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart?
For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
14 So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, “The will of the Lord be done.”
After hearing all the warnings along the way, and now hearing Agabus’ warning, Paul’s companions try to dissuade Paul from going. However, Paul was determined to go up to Jerusalem.
We don’t know exactly why Paul was determined to go up to Jerusalem. We know from other passages, Paul believed it was God’s will to go, and he was delivering an offering with representatives from the Gentile churches to the poor saints in Jerusalem.
21 When these things were accomplished, Paul purposed in the Spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.”
25 But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints.
26 For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem.
27 It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things.
28 Therefore, when I have performed this and have sealed to them this fruit, I shall go by way of you to Spain.
What to do when your advice is not followed?
Paul’s companions heard the warnings from city to city, and now Agabus visually showed them what was going to happen in Jerusalem. They tried to convince Paul of another way, but Paul was determined and had his mind made up. Have you ever been in this situation?
Recently my advise was not followed on three occasions. First as I mentioned in my last post regarding my wife’s medical procedure that went wrong. I just didn’t have a good feeling the day before the procedure and mentioned it to her. But as I mentioned, I am not a prophet, and we just didn’t know for certain that there would be a problem. As of today, she is still using a walker to walk. Second, I advised my missionary friend to get some part time work to help ease himself financially, but like Paul, he was determined to serve The Lord full-time no matter what the hardships. Last, my advice to my 18 year old son regarding some classes at his college. He did follow my ideas partly, but followed his own ideas on the other part.
Just as Paul’s companions, my motive was to be protective of my family and friends, but their minds were determined to go another way as Paul.
After Paul’s companions realized Paul could not be persuaded, their response was…
Acts 21:14 “The will of the Lord be done.”
This should also be our response. I think it is ok to show our love for our family and friends by telling them what we believe to be the best way. But if they decide to go another way, don’t get mad, angry, and offended, but leave it in The Lord’s hands. He can work everything together for good.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!