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The Fukushima 50
3/21/2011

The Fukushima 50
Staying focused on the Goal

And finding a ship sailing over to Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail. When we had sighted Cyprus, we passed it on the left, sailed to Syria, and landed at Tyre; for there the ship was to unload her cargo. And finding disciples, we stayed there seven days. They told Paul through the Spirit not to go up to Jerusalem. Acts 21:2-4 (NKJV)

In chapter 21 of the Book of Acts we read a historical account in the first 6 verses initially appearing to be just a set of connector verses to Paul's next great adventure and challenge, but after looking at them we can see something much greater something we should all be considering.  

Paul had made the decision to go to Jerusalem via a cargo ship.  The ship stopped in Tyre to offload some cargo and Paul took this time to meet some fellow brothers and sisters in the family of Christ.  After sharing his plans with them they advised him not to go to Jerusalem because of the danger he would surely face danger to his very life.  

Q:    So why did Paul continue on with his trip to Jerusalem?

A:     Because Paul believed it was God's will for his life, it was his ministry given to him by God (Acts 20:24).  Paul had not been moved by the Holy Spirit to stop this mission and as such he was steadfast in his mission.

I recently witnessed this same type of determination from a group of workers in Japan - they are being referred to as, The Fukushima 50.  They all worked in a nuclear power plant and they all faced eminent danger to their very lives. 50 brave people made the decision to stay and face potential death knowing their actions could possibly save others.  

This was the same selfless love Paul possessed, as he was willing to face death for the opportunity of delivering God's message.  It was a message far greater than saving people from physical death it was one capable of saving souls from eternal death.  

My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.  Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. Proverbs 4:20-22 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, chances are we will not face certain death in our life by choosing to enter into a damaged nuclear power plant nor have we been asked to. But we have been called to pass on the gospel message of Jesus. And we do have the potential of being used in helping others to be saved.  Are we willing to be as selfless as the Fukushima 50?

STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 4:22, what are we told about God's Words?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to stand in the middle of the nuclear meltdown of this world and be selfless in helping others to be saved eternally?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord each morning and tell Him you want to be used by Him.  He will bring others to you so you can share your testimony of salvation and share the good news of the gospel message.

Father, thank You for allowing me to be used by You in sharing the gospel message of Jesus Christ.  Help me share this message today with others.  Give me the boldness and the opportunity to speak truth in love.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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