From the very inception of Paul’s call to faith, there on that dusty Damascene road; this former persecutor of those who followed the Way was himself shown by the Lord “...how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake” (Acts 9:16). The legacy of this man’s life was nothing short of faithfulness unto the Lord. He was sold out to Christ with a one-track mind to finish the course appointed him.
During his third missionary journey, Paul received a number of prophetic warnings from multiple sources, all confirming the same thing that bonds and afflictions awaited him upon his return to Jerusalem. Many pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem so as to spare him from the danger that awaited him there. Paul’s response was decisive and final…he’d purposed to go up to Jerusalem and to there finish the course appointed Him by the Lord! May the Lord grant us such faithful unswerving conviction to ever do what is right by our God no matter what the cost!