Monday 1 March, 2021

Romans 1:8-17

8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. 9 God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you 10 in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you. 11 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles. 14 I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. 15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

Paul is passionate about sharing the gospel – ie, the good news of Jesus coming to save us. Wherever Paul goes, he shares this gospel message because he knows the powerful impact it has. He knows that when he talks about Jesus, things happen.

The same is true for us today. The gospel message contains God’s saving power and God wants us to share it with others too.

Have you noticed that the four gospels say, “The gospel according to Matthew / Mark / Luke / John”?

Each of these authors are sharing the gospel – the good news of Jesus – in their way. I wonder how you would express it? I wonder what stories about Jesus you would include in your “Gospel according to __________” (insert your name here). Stories of what Jesus has done for you, for example, prayers He has answered for you, ways He has led you, shaped you, instructed you, protected you, revealed His love to you. These stories need to be heard. Why? Because God’s saving power rests on what He has done in your life.

So go on, share your stories and see what happens!

Holy Spirit, help us to share the gospel message – the good news of what Jesus has done for us. Use it to bring others to you. 

Written by Gab Martin

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