22″And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. 23I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.
Paul was compelled! He was driven by the winds of the Spirit and only wanted to finish the race that the Lord had set before him. He wanted to testify about the Gospel at every turn. In Acts 19 it relays the account of this riot in Ephesus. Two of Paul’s associates were dragged into the theater. The Ephesians changed about their goddess for two hours straight at one point. What did Paul want to do? He wanted to address the crowd. Typical. Here’s a gathering of thousands! Never mind that they were out of their minds in a mob mentality… he wanted to testify about the Gospel, but the disciples there in Ephesus would not let him (19:30). Paul was so compelled in this way that his life “meant nothing to him (20:24).
I want to be compelled by the Holy Spirit! What would that look like for me? The race the Lord has marked out for me is different than Paul’s and yet, I too am called to testify about the Gospel. My race needs to be compelled by the Holy Spirit. It will include being a husband and father, exalting Christ in my home. I will include shepherding the flock at Norkenzie. It will include overseeing and cultivating leadership. It will include preaching the Word and discipling people.