Romans 15:14-21 (ESV)
I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God. 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, 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; 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.”
Paul was concerned with what the Gentiles did, even though not obligated to follow the Law. The way we treat others, and the way we live our lives reflect upon Christ, and since we represent Him, we should cast good light upon Him, not bad light.
Paul was dedicated to spreading the Gospel anywhere, anytime, yet he made it his mission to go to the corners of the earth (as far as they knew back then). God had called him as an Apostle to the Gentiles, and although he was a 'Hebrew of Hebrews', he followed God's command and spread the Gospel message all over the Gentile world. His heart ached for his own people, but He was obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
I wish I could have as clear a mission as he did. I wish I was as submissive to the Holy Spirit, as I should be, instead of being obstinate like a child.
We all have our faults, and our hangups, but we must expend effort to set aside our own wants and desires to serve God where and how He demands of us.
We are in the middle of a contentious election here in America right now. We need to exhibit grace and mercy towards those who disagree with us. Regardless of who voted for whom, God wants us to be merciful and loving. May God's Will be done in this nation, despite those who do not recognize Him, nor willingly serve Him. May we be a light shining in the darkness. May the Peace of Christ rule in our hearts and minds, and may we stay focused on Him, and His Kingdom, not on this temporary world.
by Virgil Stripes