If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:22) Everything that we are is of Christ.
In our unity with Christ we are transformed by Spirit to see with heart’s direction what really matters. Being led by the Spirit is key, my friend. Or as Paul puts it, you and I are a captive to the Spirit. Believers witness to the truth of this as Christ’s present awesome activity is shown to us in moments, circumstances, and events. Sometimes Spirit wants us to do or say something or to wait. Spirit captive we trust Jesus and obey Him.
Just as Jesus did, Paul knows that he is heading to Jerusalem where he will be arrested and that his death is near. Paul is not afraid. In his meeting in Miletus with the Ephesus Christian leaders who have come to love on him, Paul stresses that he does not count his life of any value to himself– he and other disciples (in the Scriptures) express their contempt for the world too. The affluences and worldly enjoyments mean nothing to Paul.
Just as Jesus our Savior, Paul’s goal is to finish his ministry testifying to the Good News of God’s Grace and Mercy to us. We see in Paul proof of his love for Christ, evidence of Spirit guiding him, and Christ liked-ness that gives awe. May it be so for us too! Where the world flees calamity, Paul forges ahead led by Spirit. When persecution is at its height and others shrink, Paul stands firm in Christ to testify for Him unto his last breath here in the world.