None Of These Things Move Me

In Acts 20:24, the apostle Paul makes a most incredible statement. He says, “But none of these things move me.” The notable thing was what didn’t move Paul or cause him to flee to save his life. 

Acts 20:22-24“And now, behold, bound in spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there,
23except that the Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me.
24[But none of these things move me - KJV] nor I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, in order that I may finish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.”

This is the very definition of courageous and selfless service. Paul knew that bonds and afflictions waited in Jerusalem. He’s going anyway. He was “bringing alms to his nation” (Acts 24:17) for the “poor saints in Jerusalem” (Rom. 15:26), and nothing was going to stand in the way, not even the need to be “rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea” (Rom. 15:31) Paul later received more details about what he would face: being bound and turned over to the Gentiles. (Acts 21:11) Brethren cried and pled for him not to go. This did not change his resolve all.  

Acts 21:13“Then Paul answered, ‘What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.’”

Are we so dedicated to the serving others that “nothing would move” us to keep us from it?  It’s highly unlikely that serving others will cost us much. But it might, and we should do it even if it does.