Our reading today is extremely powerful. If you have not read it please do so. I trust you will find it as powerful as I do.
Today's reading begins with the stoning of Paul. Because he was preaching the Gospel, Jews from Antioch and Iconium tracked Paul down, stoned him, and left him for dead. After this Paul got up and went back into the city and continued to preach the Gospel. What great commitment Paul had. Can you imagine doing anything where a group of people hated it, and you, so much that they were willing to kill you for it and after they tried you just continued doing it anyway? Why would you continue to do it in the face of people willing to kill you? It is only because you know it is the will of God that you do it and with God behind you there is nothing on this earth that should stand in your way. After all, compared to the promise to live for all eternity in a peace beyond our understanding, what price is too high to pay in this very short life of ours to gain that promise?
I fully realize that this Bible lesson today is an extreme example. However, God gives each of us tasks to do in our lives. God's will for our lives is not always convenient for us. Many times we feel too busy or have other priorities to do the things we hear God calling us to do. When I am faced with such a situation, it helps me to remember Paul's commitment and to recall his action. Remember to live a life modeled after Jesus, we must walk the talk.
It is true that God's will requires us to do tasks that are not always convenient, easy, and comfortable. However, it was not convenient, easy, or comfortable for Jesus to go to the cross for us!