Not Knowing but Compelled…

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In Acts 20:22 Luke records the words of the Apostle Paul,

 And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, NOT KNOWING what will happen to me there.

Again, the author of Hebrews in 11:8 writes,

By faith Abraham when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance obeyed and went,

even though he did NOT KNOW where he was going.

The responses of Paul and Abraham can be seen as contrary to the common human response which says I want to know what is ahead before I commit myself.

The follower of Jesus however, knows that the bottom line, when called by God or compelled by the Spirit, is to trust and obey even though we may not know what or where.

Here’s a brief checklist to confirm that it is of the Lord.

Is the action consistent with the Scriptures?

Is my motive unselfish and pure?

Will my action injure others or my testimony?

Seek wise counsel

We are strangers and pilgrims in a foreign land, people on the move, unencumbered, ready to respond to the compelling of the Spirit or the call of God.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,

let us throw off everything that hinders

and the sin that so easily entangles.

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

fixing our eyes on Jesus,

the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

For the joy set before him he endured the cross,

scorning its shame,

and sat down at the right hand of God.

Considering him who endured such opposition from sinners,

so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:1-3

Read more about Paul’s decision to go to Jerusalem, Acts 20:17 – 21:15.


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