Acts 21:23-26
so do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a vow. Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved. Then everybody will know there is no truth in these reports about you, but that you yourself are living in obedience to the law. As for the Gentile believers, we have written to them our decision that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.” The next day Paul took the men and purified himself along with them. Then he went to the temple to give notice of the date when the days of purification would end and the offering would be made for each of them.

Paul was a determined man and even though many hundred believers in a dozen or more cities begged him to avoid going back to Jerusalem, he insisted and continued his journey because he sensed it important to be there. This was a journey he knew would be the last of his travels and it might be the one that cost him his life. However, he was willing to make this trip because his desire was to glorify God. What then came over him to accept to perform rituals that would change the view of the Jews regarding what he was ministering to the world?

If Paul was in the business of building his credit worthiness, he certainly had not employed the best author for this book. Time and time again it seems like Paul’s shortcomings are brought to the fore and it puts him in poor light. Why was the Lord permitting this one would wonder because Paul was a servant of God. The entire Bible points us to God the father, Jesus his son and the Holy Spirit but certainly not to the apostles. As we progress through the book of Acts, we will see how God uses this situation to bring himself glory and that is a key learning for us today. Our lives are not about us or our safety or our glory or our dominion. Our lives are to serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who deserves our all for what he has done for us, forgiveness of our sins and the gift of eternity in his presence.

In His Loving Service,

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  1. Amen. Its comforting to know that even the very humblest yet greatest of the Apostles was still very human and vulnerable. When we are weak, then we are strong…not because of what we choose to do for Him, but rather for what He chooses for us to do for Him in our times of weakness. Paul willingly went to Jerusalem with the full knowledge that his journey might be the last. May the Lord help us to follow through what He assigned for us, no matter what.

    Blessings as always.


    • ServantBoy says:

      Thank you Gladwell for the encouragement. Its amazing how the Lord uses his children to encourage and support each other in a human way that we know we are walking the rough and narrow both in His eyes and that of his children. I continue to pray for you and look forward to reading you published (Or unpublished) work and be encouraged in the Lord. God bless you.

  2. springsinthedesert says:

    Hi Vineet,

    Came across your blog through the comments that you write in Gladwell’s blog…I thank God for all these people around the world that God uses to spread the gospel through the internet..I loved your devotion today…All the glory belongs to Him…and just like Paul, whatever we do is just to direct others to Christ..All they see should be the cross anbd not us…Thanks again

    Rani John

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Rani

      Thank you for you for visiting the blog and I thank God for giving me the wisdom and opportunity to write. Can’t accept any praise for it because I often am surprised by what I write.

      Yes, it is awesome to see how God is raising up broken people to work as lighthouses for him in this dark world and it is through wonderful people like you that we see reason and purpose in what God is doing through us.

      PS: Your name in my language means Queen!

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