During the Lenten season, staff and church leaders will share a daily devotional. Please join us on the journey.
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.
Meredith Blinder – Administrative Council Young Adult Representative
On Tuesday night, I had the opportunity to attend Evensong at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, a service focused simply on Scripture, prayer and worship. We stood and recited the Apostles’ Creed, just like we do at home each Sunday. There was something so comforting about that moment: that even though I was more than 3,000 miles from home, I could worship the same God in the same way. It was a great reminder that Christianity doesn’t have geographical limits.
In today’s world where we often emphasize individuality over groups, I think it’s important to reflect on the impact the Church has across the globe and what it means to be a part of it. These words in the program made that point well: “When you come to an Evensong here, it is as if you were dropping in on a conversation already in progress – a conversation between God and his people which began long before you were born and which will continue long after your death.”
What are we doing to continue that conversation in our community today? As Paul says in this passage, he couldn’t wait to get to Rome to be able to tell them about the gospel. Are we eager to preach the gospel? This is something I would like personally to get better at and more comfortable with. We are so willing to offer recommendations of our favorite restaurant or rave about the latest gadget we bought. Why not share the greatest gift we’ve ever been given? The gift of eternal life through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Lord, guide me on your path of service, provide me direction on how to use my spiritual gifts and give me boldness to share the gospel.