Emanna for 11/19/2019
A Broadened Heart for the Lord's Interest
Acts 19:21 And when these things were fulfilled, Paul purposed in his spirit to pass through Macedonia and Achaia and go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome. (23) And about that time no small disturbance took place concerning the Way. Words of Ministry
Acts 19:21 indicates that Paul had a broadened heart for the Lord's interest. As he was encountering attack at Ephesus and carrying on his ministry, he still purposed in his spirit to go to Jerusalem, and from there he was eager to go to Rome. If you consult a map, you will see that Ephesus, in Asia Minor, was midway between Jerusalem to the east and Rome to the west. While Paul was laboring and facing attack at Ephesus, he had the heart to care for the situation in Jerusalem and also to see Rome. What largeness of heart Paul had! Not many of us have such a large heart. Rather, often those who are laboring in a certain place will say, "I am very busy here. I do not have the heart to care for any other place. Furthermore, I am facing much opposition. How can I have the burden for other places?" Paul's attitude was very different. In the midst of his situation he could still purpose in his spirit to go to Jerusalem, and then express the desire to see Rome. According to Galatians 2:8, Paul's part of the New Testament ministry was among the Gentiles. Although his burden was for the ministry among the Gentiles, he was still concerned for the Lord's interest universally. His primary concern was for the whole Body of Christ, not only for his part of the New Testament ministry.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Acts, pp. 444-445. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.