If you happened to catch yesterday’s “Bonus Post” about Rome, you might have noticed a couple of things that give us insight into God’s workings in our world. Two of these, I thought would make an interesting little discussion for a Sunday.
The first of these is the fact that Paul employed a strategy in the way he spread the Gospel to the Gentiles; he was intentional in his efforts. He first travelled to the areas of the Eastern Mediterranean closest to Judea, and then when he had finished with that region; he turned his eyes farther west to Spain and Italy. He knew that the ultimate key for the spread of the Gospel was Rome itself, since it was the center point, the most powerful and influential city and the very heart of the known world at the time, so when the time came for him to write down his most fundamental teachings, he sent it to the church in Rome, from whence it would go everywhere else. Maybe we should be more intentional as well. He sent the essay to Rome, but he still ran into difficulties in getting there, but in the end he succeeded in travelling to Rome at the expense of the Roman Government itself and found himself in a position to share the Gospel with members of Caesar’s household before he was called home; my, how our Lord gets things done when a person is willing to serve Him!
The other thing I wanted to reflect upon was the way the church in Rome actually appears to have been started. Visitors from Rome who were attending Pentecost when Peter taught on that first day became Christians and took their faith home with them. People visiting other places where Paul was teaching came to faith and took their new beliefs home with them, and in both cases, they told their friends and others in the community around them about Jesus.
The church in Rome began when new Christians told others about their faith; they put faith into action.
If you are reading this, then most likely you are a Christian who is also a blogger. Like Peter and Paul, we have an opportunity to reach people from all over the world here on the net, and if we tell the story of Jesus Christ in a compelling way, who knows how our efforts might be used by God for His purpose. In fact, we might even be the catalyst for a whole chain of events that make a major difference for the Body of Christ, and never even know about.
How can we make a difference for Christ through our blogs?
This is a question that all of us should be asking, clearly Peter and Paul asked such questions in their times.
Of course, we can also share face to face with those around us, as the Romans obviously did with no help from the “professionals” because God seems to do His very best work through regular people like you and me. As this new week begins, I pray we all reflect on these things.