Devotional – Romans 15

18 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, 19 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ; 20 and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, 21 but as it is written, “Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.”

Paul was a missionary at heart, but not by nature. By nature Paul was a man of the flesh who at one time thought he was doing the work of God by setting out to destroy Christians and the church, but Jesus appeared to him, knocked him off his horse, literally, and blinded him as he converted Paul (then known as Saul) from a hater to a lover of Christ. Later the Spirit would set aside Paul and Barnabas to be missionaries taking the gospel to the Gentile world. After three missionary journeys they had covered a large portion of the Roman Empire establishing churches and gaining converts, but Paul was not finished he wanted to extend his ministry all the way to Spain. Paul’s desire was to take the gospel to everyone who has not heard, but even he could not reach everyone. Today there are still thousands of people groups amounting to millions of people who have never had the gospel preached to them. These groups often have no Christians, no churches and no missionaries working among them. Paul should serve as a reminder to us that the gospel is not for us alone, but it is meant to be shared, to be proclaimed, to be heard, so would you do what you can to help those who have never heard. You can begin by praying for their salvation and then ask God how else you might take part in getting the gospel to these who have never heard. Paul was a missionary at heart because the gospel of Jesus Christ had so changed him that he saw the wonderful grace given to him and he experienced the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ that he could do nothing else but make sure others heard. May your heart so burn for the lost as Paul’s did.

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