And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord JESUS, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Today, when we make references to men and women who have made their mark in the accomplishment of their God-ordained destiny, Paul’s name cannot be missing. In 2nd Timothy 4:7, Paul said. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” Doubtlessly, Paul was a finisher; he ran the race till the very end. But what could have been his secret? What fundamental principle did he run with? From the opening Scripture we see that Paul made a choice to finish his assignment by all means. He was willing to die for what he was born to achieve, if need be. He counted the cost and was ready to pay the price. Take a look at this –
Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I ammore; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
In journeyings often, in perils of waters, inperils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
2 Corinthians 11:23-27
Can you imagine all that Paul went through while accomplishing his mission? And even after all of these gruesome experiences, Paul said, “None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear…” Why? “I want to accomplish my mission.”As a man or woman of destiny who wants to achieve what you were born to achieve, you must know that in the pursuit of it, you must be resolute, you must be willing to die if need be in the accomplishment of the purpose for which you were born. Many people say “I want to fulfill my purpose in life” but they are not willing to die, they don’t think that their purpose is worth the ultimate price if necessary. Do you really want to fulfill purpose?
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
OLD TESTAMENT: 2 KINGS 19 – 20
NEW TESTAMENT: ACTS 3