As we continue our study of Romans, we pick up at verse 14, of Chapter 15. Paul was sharing some personal notes of things the Lord had called him to do. He compliments and encourages members of the Church to do the same. Each of us has a calling. Each of us are to proclaim the gospel of God. He writes:
“I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another. Yet I have written you quite boldly on some points to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me to be a Minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. He gave me the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God. I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done …by the power of signs and wonders through the power of the Spirit of God.” Romans 15: 14 -19
As Paul begins to conclude this magnificent letter to the Roman Church, he speaks of things each of us need to be reminded of. They are in no order of importance, for they are all important. He begins by complimenting them, telling them he believed in their ability to teach each other because of being filled with knowledge, and goodness. He continues, using himself as an example, by telling them to remind each other of things they knew, and needed to express. So often we are moving so fast into new territory, we forget to talk about who we are- who we have become in Christ. For instance Paul wants us to remember it is by Grace we are saved. There is no work, or works, we can do that will give us the right to walk with Him in the Spirit. As the Word says, “For by Grace, we are saved. It is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.” We sometimes forget that as we get caught up in the importance of what we are doing. We can begin thinking this is about how well we can do this job, and not remember to look at HIs Grace, and feel the great power the Grace He has put into us as we go.
When we accept Christ as Savior, and Lord, and come to know all that means to us and for us, we must remember we all become ministers of Christ Jesus. Revelations tells us that “Jesus is the ruler of the kings of the earth.” The Word says, “To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom of priests to serve His God and Father – to Him be glory and power for ever and ever.: Amen.” Paul wants us to remember that. He wants us to remember who we are. When we accept Christ as Lord and Savior we become royalty. There are many jobs to do, each one jobs of royalty. We are given the ability to do the job well that we are called to do – regardless of what it is. The power of the Holy Spirit is in us to make that happen as we walk with Him, in HIm. He brings to us “the Spirit of Power, and Love, and Sound mind.” As we let Him lead we become bold in doing what we are called to do. We have a priestly duty. We are royalty. We have the power given unto us to do it. Let us proclaim the Gospel of God. “Jesus Saves” He is unconditional Love. Father wants us to tell the world of His saving Grace, and Love. He wants us to proclaim the Gospel. . He wants us all to be with Him in Heaven forever. He transforms us into a new creation, and calls us to tell the Good News, to proclaim the gospel to our Brothers and Sisters. Let it be so.