In Romans 15:14-33 we see Paul’s heart for the world.
Paul has the heart of a missionary.
He wants ALL the world to hear about the Good News of Christ.
He didn’t want to keep preaching it where it had already been preached.
Paul wanted to preach to those who were as of yet completely unreached!
He wanted to go where the gospel had not gone.
Heart for the World
“It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known…” Romans 15:20
He was devoting his life to that end.
Traveling, preaching, writing, telling all in the midst of being beaten, imprisoned, mocked and questioned.
Remember, the early church was convinced that Jesus was coming back for them in their lifetime! They didn’t expect to have very long to tell people about Christ.
They felt an urgency to spread the Truth.
We still know that He is coming soon. He may even come in OUR lifetime!
Knowing that He is coming, do we still feel that urgency today? Or, have we lost the feeling of being convinced of His coming and become slow in our efforts to reach the lost? Do we feel the passion to go where the gospel has not yet been preached? Whether through prayer, money or actually going ourselves?
Do we have a missionary heart like Paul? A heart for the world like Paul?
Now, you can sit back and say, “Well, no. I don’t because I’m called to other things.”
And that is good!
But, as Christians, as the body of Christ, we can not forget that the Great Commission was spoken to EVERYONE!
In Mark 16:15 Jesus says, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”
We are ALL called to GO.
No matter what our occupation, place of service or season in life, we are ALL called to obey the Great Commission.
To have a missionary heart, a heart for the world like Paul.