Acts 20:17-21:16. One of the down sides to apostolic ministry is that you are always starting things that someone else will have to finish. Loving the church leaders as he did, it would have been tempting to respond to their pleas by agreeing to stay on at Ephesus or Caesarea, or some place like that. He could have been assured of a successful ministry among people who loved him and had his best interest at heart. He could even have convinced himself that their needs required his prolonged ministry, for he knew that there were going to be problems in the churches after he departed (20:29-30). But he had unfinished business that was drawing him to Jerusalem. The different drummer to whom he marched forced him ever onward, in spite of the danger and uncertainty.
LORD, give us the courage to follow you, even if it means leaving a sure thing to face the unknown.