Acts 14:24–28 (ESV)
Paul and Barnabas Return to Antioch in Syria
24 Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. 25 And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia, 26 and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the
work that they had fulfilled. 27 And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. 28 And they remained no little time with the disciples.
I like to think of today’s reading as part of his Travel Log, mapping out his journey. He travels south to the coast, then sails back to Syria. They return to the congregation that sent them out on this
journey. By the grace of God, they returned back beaten, but safe. I say beaten which is true, but the trip was not a defeat, but a gain. Sort of like when I’m working on an engine and I come up bloodied knuckled, greasy, but got the
part changed. Mission accomplished! But keep in mind that Paul was stoned and left for dead. I’ll take my bloody knuckles... but am I willing to take being stoned? It is easy to say yes, but would my action match my words?
I hope so, but I just don’t know. I think I need a shot of boldness from Paul and Barnabas.
I pray: O Lord, help me to be bold, to actually put you before myself. To not cower in the
face of death, but to remain steadfast like Paul. Shape me and mold me into a stronger person. Amen.