It is not at all uncommon for Paul to come into a town, preach, and then be beat and throw out-of-town.
It was not at all uncommon for Paul’s life to be threatened, sometimes even by people who used to be friends and associates of his.
It was not at all uncommon for Paul to be alone, despised, mistreated, abused, laughed at, mocked, arrested, placed into chains, and hated by the people of the towns that he was coming to preach.
But, he did it anyway. He kept going. He kept preaching. He kept walking He kept working. He kept trying. He kept being faithful.
He kept doing what was right, in spite of pain and opposition.
Because God had given him a mission. He was on no less than a mission from God. He was sent out to preach salvation, and to see as many come to saving faith as possible. He was going out among people who might be hostile, because he knew that God had called him to be faithful.
Listen to what Paul says today in 2 Timothy 2:8-10:
Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
He called by God to something specific, and he was going to keep doing it. In spite of the trouble. Because he was on a mission.
Today, God has called you to something. It might not be easy. It might be very hard. It might be challenging. You might not thing that you can do it.
You can. If God has called you, He will give you strength and courage. You can do it.
Paul was faithful to his calling and mission. God gave him strength.
Today, in your calling. In your life, God will be faithful to you. He will give you want you need. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Don’t stop.
God will be faithful to you. May we be faithful to Him. And to the mission He has given.