The people of [Thessalonica], as well as the city council, were thrown into turmoil by these reports [that Paul and Silas were disturbing the city and saying treasonous things]. So the officials forced Jason and the other believers to post bond, and then they released them.
That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea.
— Acts 17:8-10 NLT
Jason and other believers posted bond not only to be released from custody but also to ensure Paul and Silas would leave and the trouble associated with them would die down.* Berea was 50 miles (80 km) west and a little south of Thessalonica on the major Roman road called the Ignatian Way. Paul, Silas, and Timothy wanted to be where the Spirit was directing them.** Part of that Spirit-led direction involved being forced out of some cities and blocked from visiting others (cf. Acts 16:6-10). The early missionaries sharing the Good News of Jesus were undeterred by such difficulties, rather choosing to see them as God's opportunities for new efforts (Romans 8:28-29). Don't you think that our approach to life, mission, and ministry should follow their examples?!
Dear Father, please forgive me for whining about my circumstances. When I look at all that Paul and his missionary team endured sharing the message of Jesus, I am embarrassed by my lack of passion for Jesus' mission and my wimpy attitude toward my minor hardships. Open my eyes to what you are doing in my life as the Spirit directs me to the people and places you want me to serve. In Jesus' name, I ask for this grace. Amen.