Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Jump in the pit...
As Paul modeled in Acts: 21:10-14
“After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. Coming over to us, he took Paul's belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, "The Holy Spirit says, 'In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.'" When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, "Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus." When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, "The Lord's will be done."
Notice that the brothers and sisters seemed to misinterpret the Lord’s statement about the future or at least they handled it with emotion first and put pressure on Paul as a result. That whole interchange is fraught with emotional pull. Imagine the pressure, you can hear it in Paul’s response. I think many christians would hear that word and heed it as some kind of warning not to go to Jerusalem because they wrongly assume that danger is somehow to be avoided instead of endured or faced. Many people prophesy about “pit’s with Lions” and expect us to flee or avoid such dangers but there are some who see the dangers, observe the horrid circumstances and challenging obstacles and yet...still jump in the pit!
“And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was a valiant man of Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds; he smote two ariels of Moab. He also went down and slew a lion in a pit on a day when snow had fallen. And he slew an Egyptian, a man of great stature, five cubits tall. The Egyptian had in his hand a spear like a weaver's beam; but Benaiah went down to him with a staff, and snatched the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and slew him with his own spear. These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and won a name beside the three mighty men. He was renowned among the thirty, but did not attain to the three. And David set him over his bodyguard. (1 Chronicles 11:22-25).
Jump in the pit!
Someone’s life depends on it, a nation depends on it, your own soul depends on it.
Is it dangerous? Yes. Could you die? Yes. Would it be easier to avoid the pits? For sure, most people do. Will you regret it in the end? No. You will never forget it because the fight in the pit is a completely different brawl. It makes you who you are supposed to become.
Avoid the pits and avoid your destiny.
God help us to lead “mighty men and women” who don’t run from prophesies of danger but hear them as confirmations of being on the right road! Let us lead the way with courage and boldness in the spirit of faith. Humbly hungry for dead lion meat!