Never Idle (Romans 15:22-16:7)

“”But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you,” Romans 15:23

“How do you do it all?”  This was the question I posed to our dear friend who serves as a missionary to the people of Romania.  It is also a question that I could ask each who read this blog today.  The fact is, “everyone I know seems to have their schedules filled with activity.”  Doctor’s tell us there is and elevated increase in people who have chronic stress symptoms because of their schedules.  In other words, “very few people are idle in today’s world.”

Consider Paul in our More For Christ readings.  His life was lived with constant activity.  But it seems to me that his activity had a greater purpose than most in our world.  Here is and outline of our text:

1.  Paul was passionate about the delivery of the gospel, Vs: 22-29

Paul had fulled his commitment to his present mission (The gospel to the gentiles in Europe and Asia).

Paul now turns his attention to a future mission (The gospel to the people in Spain).

I am amazed as I read these verses because Paul was not idle between missions.  Presently he was taking monies to the Jerusalem church that he had raised while on mission.  The church was facing hard times and this offering would help.

2.  Paul faces a problem in delivering the gospel, Vs: 30-33

Paul knew there were enemies of the gospel.  These unbelieving Jews would try to extinguish the gospel by destroy the proclaimer of the gospel.  Paul seeks prayer and Paul seeks the peace of God.

3.  Paul praises those who are dedicated to the gospel, 16:1-7

Chapter 16 is filled with names of people who cared for those who delivered the gospel.  Many risked their lives for the sake of the gospel.  They were hard workers who’s lives were never idle.

This morning I came away from this passage with and increased burden to take inventory of my daily life.  I asked the Lord to show me what was valuable and what was not valuable.  “Lord, remove the useless things and replace them with the one important thing.”

This day I challenge each of you to make the gospel the main thing.  If you are a missionary, be careful that you day does not get cluttered with things that do not benefit the gospel.  If you are a missionary in the public sector, be sure you make the most of the moments you are given.  Protect your calendar from idle things.


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