19 Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. 20 But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe. Acts 14:19-20
Can you imagine the reaction when the people found out Paul was still alive? First of all, who does that? Who goes into the enemy’s camp and gets tossed out again. It’s like he was asking for more! But Paul and the disciples were moving in the power of the Holy Spirit. The church was growing, and they were continuing their march across the land. It would seem that nothing could stop them.
It’s actually a metaphor for this life. If you are so focused on one thing, it’s very difficult stop you. Babe Ruth famously said, “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
The person who gets up over and over and over again when facing adversity is going to win. Paul’s a great example here. Moses, Noah, King David, the prophets. All of them were beaten down many times, but they still came back over and over again.
The disciples were also in this passage. What did they do? They ministered to Paul. What they actually did is speculation. Paul was on the front lines; so were the disciples. They were in just as much danger as Paul had been.
God needs Pauls, those who are so single focused as to be a fault.
But He also needs ten times as many people willing to support, encourage, and pray for the Pauls of the world.