We began this mini-series with the purpose of Paul’s “apostleship - to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,” (Romans 1:4b-5). After giving a most thorough explanation of the gospel in the first eight chapters of this letter, he comes to the end of the letter and says, “I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, but as it is written, “Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.”” (Romans 15:20–21). It was the knowledge of Christ that drove Paul to travel more extensively than any other apostle and suffered more than any other (2 Corinthians 11:23-29) according to the Scriptural record. But he did not boast in these things, but “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 10:17). This is a great challenge to me. So many ministries that began well have descended into mere organizational structures without Christ as the center and without the power of the Holy Spirit. May God preserve us from this!!
If you are involved in any ministry, make it your daily prayer and ambition that Christ will increasingly be the center of everything you do and reject anything that does not honor and glorify Him.
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