"Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God." Romans 15:17 (NIV)
"It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation. 21 Rather, as it is written: 'Those who were not told about him will see, and those who have not heard will understand.'" Romans 15:20-21 (NIV)
Paul, in his letter to the Roman gentiles, is found praising Christ Jesus for helping him reach others. He also told them that he was convinced they (his roman gentile friends) “are full of goodness, filed with knowledge and competent to instruct one another” [v-14 Romans]. In this letter he was letting them know that all he has said/taught and accomplished in his ministry, was provided through the Spirit of God. In this report of the Spirit of God’s successes through him, he was displaying his passion, ambition, and need to preach the gospel where Christ was unknown to reach lost souls. Through his report of success in preaching to people where Christ was unknown, I believe Paul was providing a spark for them to do likewise. He was providing encouraging words regarding God’s success in using him, Paul, to give the Gospel news to the unbelievers that bore fruit. By building where no one else had laid a foundation, this gave Paul joy to see barren ground respond through the Spirit of Christ. Perhaps this gave Paul validation of his ministry results in knowing God was working through him, and it was not results based on other’s ministry work.
In our individual Christian walk, we need to be out front with passionate news about Jesus. Other times it is permissible to be a part of a group lending support. God does not call us to just be “I second that” people, a “whatever you think” person, or a “let me take some time to think about that” people.
"Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold." 2 Corinthians 3:12 (NIV)
"After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him," Luke 8:1 (NIV)
We may know the gospel and salvation in Jesus Christ, but do we have a passion to share it?
Paul shared the burden he carried for communicating the Gospel message to others.
Do we have a desire to glorify God?
Paul shared good news for God’s glory, and to save people’s souls.
We enjoy the same gospel of life that transformed Paul. We should ask God to give us the same burden that ignited his life for God's glory.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 (NIV)