Thursday 6 July, 2017

Romans 15:14-21

14 My brothers and sisters, I am sure that you are full of goodness. You are filled with knowledge and able to teach one another. 15 But I have written to you very boldly about some things. I wanted to remind you of them again. The grace of God has allowed me 16 to serve Christ Jesus among the Gentiles. I have the duty of a priest to preach God’s good news. Then the Gentiles will become an offering that pleases God. The Holy Spirit will make the offering holy. 17 Because I belong to Christ Jesus, I can take pride in my work for God. 18 I will speak about what Christ has done through me. I won’t try to speak about anything else. He has been leading the Gentiles to obey God. He has been doing this by what I have said and done. 19 He has given me power to do signs and wonders. I can do these things by the power of the Spirit of God. From Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum I have finished preaching. In those places, I preached the good news about Christ. 20 I have always wanted to preach the good news where Christ was not known. I don’t want to build on what someone else has started. 21 It is written, “Those who were not told about him will understand. Those who have not heard will know what it all means.” (Isaiah 52:15)

In Verse 18, Paul says “Yet I dare not boast about anything except what Christ has done through me.”

Paul did incredible things in service of God. He explains some of these in 2 Corinthians. Yet he demonstrates such humility in not focusing on himself, but only focusing on what Christ has done in and through him.

For me, 2017 is going very well. I find that halfway mark is always a good time to stop and reflect, and in doing so I can observe a long list of incredible things God has already done this year. Yet in the flurry and busyness of it all, I know my focus tends to drift – either onto myself, or the good things happening around me. This never has good results, so I am freshly encouraged by Paul to boast only in Christ and keep my eyes and my heart fixed upon Him.

Lord, thank You for all You have done in my life. In this year alone I’ve observed Your blessing, leading, provision and grace. I don’t want to attribute any of that to myself – let my eyes and my heart be fixed upon You, and may I boast in You alone.

Written by Matt Samperi

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