Acts 27:1-12

Read: Acts 27:1-12  Even some in the ancient world wanted to spend the winter in
Phoenix. Only the Phoenix we are discussing from Acts 27 isn’t the home of the Cardinals in Arizona. Finally after two years of prison and trial, Paul and some other prisoners were finally going to sail for Rome. Apparently, Luke, the author of Luke-Acts was with Paul at this point in the apostle’s life (notice the “we,” and “us” language v. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 [us], 7, 8, 12), as was Aristarchus, the Macedonian from Thessalonica (v.2). From the outset of their journey to Italy, they had encountered problems with the weather. The critical issue for their journey was to find a suitable place to dock for the winter. A conflict of wills ensues, Paul encourages the ship and crew to winter at Fair Havens due to the potential danger to crew and ship. Whereas the centurion consults the pilot of the ship, and they decide to overrule Paul’s decree and sail on.
 You may have had a similar experience? You disagree with a decision from another person, be it a teacher, friend, youth minister, parent, or coach. Whatever it was, you thought your plan was better suited to the particular situation, and they felt their plan was better. How have you handled such a dispute of wills? I know there is tendency deep within us to want to get our own way, and if things don’t go our way and it turns out bad doing the other person’s plan, our flesh desires to make it known that we were right. I have done this before, and if you are honest with yourself this morning, you have done the same. I call it the “I told you so” syndrome. It is not treatable with medicine, it is fundamentally a heart problem. See, there is within us a surge of self that we must learn to master before it masters us. This “I told you syndrome” is vengeful, where you are hoping to rub the other person’s nose in their failed plan. How you handle having to forego your plan for someone else’s will determine how you will work with others. Sometimes leaders have to be followers before they can be leaders. Who do you need to follow along with today so that you can be a leader tomorrow?

About Jason Retherford

The random musings of a youth minister.
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