We see the apostle Paul’s uninhibited passion for getting the Gospel out to people who don’t know it in today’s Scripture. He tells us that he has been bold in reminding them of how he prioritized ministry to the gentiles (v. 15-16) and how proud he was of this work (v. 17). He gives glory to God for using Him in this ministry (v. 18-19) and says that he’s not yet finished in God’s work with them for he has great ambition to continue to preach to them:
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, but as it is written, “Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.” Romans 15:20-21
This uninhibited passion for the Great Commission, especially in places, areas and with people who have not heard it has not ended with Paul. As John Keith Falconer once said, “I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light.”
I pray and hope that we feel the same exact way with the short lives we are given on this earth. The apostle is pleading for the Roman church to pray for his relief in prison, not for the safety and security he once enjoyed but instead to get right back to this hard work of penetrating the darkness with the light of the Gospel. It’s very easy to forget this when many of us grew up in church or are around nothing but Christians. We are not sent to stay in a Christian bubble. As important as it is to have Gospel community through the church, God uses that to spiritually grow us to be sent out with each other on Gospel mission.
“Any church that is not seriously involved in helping fulfill the Great Commission has forfeited its biblical right to exist.” Oswald J. Smith
- What lost people are you praying for and intentionally connecting with to reach with the Gospel?
- If you couldn’t think of anyone in the above question, how can you change that?
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor