Our Lord Comes
Christos MTC, PA
9 For God, whom I serve with my spirit by announcing the gospel of his Son, is my witness that without ceasing I remember you always in my prayers, 10 asking that by God’s will I may somehow at last succeed in coming to you.
In this passage we can see how Paul longs to visit Rome and how proud he is of the people there who are spreading their faith. Paul struggles to come to his people as he has many barriers that prevent him from doing so at that time. This reminds me of how no matter where we are or what we are doing, our Lord comes to us. Sometimes we look towards our parents, or our friends, or our colleagues to come to us in our time of need; and while they are blessings that God has given us, no one can fulfill us like God can. It is a promise from God that He will never leave us and He will never forsake us. As Max Lucado said in his recent devotional "there is no place He will not go. If He is willing to be born in a barnyard, then expect Him to be at work anywhere— bars, bedrooms, boardrooms, and brothels. No place is too common. No person is too hardened. No distance is too far. There is no person He cannot reach. There is no limit to His love. When Christ was born, so was our hope." I know there are many times when it feels like God isn't there because He isn't tangible like our friends or our parents, but He is there and He is protecting us and guiding us. This gives us hope and confidence in knowing that despite trials and tribulations that we face, if we place our hope and our focus on our relationship with Jesus, then we will be fearless and bold in the midst of any opposition.
This passage also reminds me that it is our duty to spread the gospel to others who do not know God so that they may experience His love and Grace. As Paul reminds us, the Gospel is for everyone and anyone who accepts is saved by Grace. We should work to spend our time and our lives to spread this Good News so that others can experience the same love that we have been able to experience. I think sometimes we think that the only way we can spread the Word of God is by larger actions such as street evangelism or mission work, which are important but not the only means of spreading God's love. I think we can show God's love daily by loving the people around us like Jesus. We can go to work with the same loving attitude as Jesus, we can take time to volunteer in our communities, we can treat our parents with respect and love. When we spread the love of God, we plant the seed for God to come into their lives.
Jesus, we thank You that You come to us daily and that we have free and open access to You. We are so grateful for Your love, Your mercy and Your grace. Help us to spread Your Gospel of love to those around us who do not know You. Help us to use our daily lives to proclaim Your love and live as You did Lord. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
What can we do today to intentionally and practically show the love of Jesus and to spread the Gospel?