Remember that Paul said to imitate him as he imitated Christ. Jesus set His face like a flint. He was undeterred. Paul imitated Him.
Acts 20:22-23 says, “And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me.”
Verses 24-38 was his last admonition to them. Verse 37-38 says, “Then they all wept freely, and fell on Paul’s neck and kissed him, sorrowing most of all for the words which he spoke, that they would see his face no more.” Emotional scene.
In Acts 21:11 a prophet named Agabus said, “…So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.” In verse 12 they pleaded with him not to go.
Verse 13 Paul said, “…What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
It was because Paul was undeterred that we have his prison epistles. He wrote words in his crucible-trials that we live by. He gave us doctrinal foundational verses. His letters to the churches have timeless words. The prayers he prayed for them are prayers of strength and hope for us.
Colossians 1:9-11 are his heart-worded prayers. One’s that we can pray for ourselves and for others. “…that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy.”
Time after time Paul had folks begging him not to do something. Yet the Lord set his course and he remained undeterred to the end. 2 Timothy 4:7 says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” May we imitate him and he imitated Christ.