DAILY DEVOTIONALS BY PASTOR VICTOR BORCHARD
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By: Pastor Victor Borchard
“To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ… So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.”
Romans 1:7 & 15, ESV
A couple of weeks ago, I was eager to leave for our annual family vacation. I could hardly wait to get to where we were going. We had a beautiful place to stay in Cannon Beach. There would be wonderful worship, great teaching and hardly any responsibilities. I’d get extended time with my wife and kids. I was eager for vacation.
Yesterday, my daughter was eager to get a cast taken off of her arm. It was a week overdue (to accommodate our vacation). She was starting school and desperately wanted the cast gone before her first class. Her skin itched. The cast was uncomfortable. Her arm was healed. She was eager to get her cast off.
What are you eager to do?
Paul was eager to do something. It didn’t involve a family vacation, but potentially the loss of freedom. It didn’t involve getting a cast removed, but the possibility of broken bones.
Paul was eager to preach. That might be hard to identify with. We can easily identify with being eager for a family vacation or the removal of a cast. But eager to preach? I’ve heard that public speaking is something that people fear the very most, even more than death. And preaching? Well, that’s even worse!
Further, Paul was eager to preach the gospel. It’s a message he formerly opposed. It’s a message that got him persecuted with broken bones and all. It’s a message that would get him locked up and ultimately killed. How could Paul be eager to preach the gospel?
Finally, it’s amazing to see the audience Paul had in mind. He wanted to preach to Roman Christians. Why would he want to do that? Isn’t the gospel the message for lost people?
The secret to Paul’s eagerness is what he knew about the gospel. If we know what Paul knew, maybe we’ll want to do what he did. The better we understand the Gospel, the more we’ll want to talk about it. The better we know Jesus, the more we’ll want to share him. Thankfully, Paul teaches us what he knew about the gospel. It’s the book of Romans.
Today, let’s ask God to increase our eagerness about the gospel. May the Lord be pleased to deepen our understanding of it. Let’s also look for opportunities to visit with others about it.
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