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Paul was the man Jesus chose to go to the Gentiles and preach the gospel (Acts 9:15; Rom. 11:13). Once fully converted and committed, Paul accomplished the Lord’s will admirably (2 Tim. 4:7). In three successive verses in the first chapter of Romans, Paul records the formula for preparing ourselves to follow his example, as he followed Christ in seeking and saving the lost (cf. 1 Cor. 11:1; Luke 19:10). Notice for example… 

“I am a debtor” (Rom. 1:14). Paul knew that he was under obligation to preach to the Gentiles. It was not an option for Paul to preach – it was mandatory. Should it be any less for us? We are a part of the Great Commission which binds us to “preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15) and follow up by “teaching them to observe” the things that Christ commanded (Matt. 28:20). Do you feel an obligation to mention Jesus to others? 

“I am ready” (Rom. 1:15). Paul was well prepared to present the gospel to the lost. No matter what lay ahead, he knew that he would be able to handle it, because he was equipped with the knowledge of the Lord’s will. How about us? Do we study the Scriptures so that we can properly present the truth of God’s Word to others? Are you ready, willing, and able to present the facts of the gospel to your friends, family, and neighbors (1 Pet. 3:15)? 

“I am not ashamed” (Rom. 1:16). Paul unapologetically and unabashedly told others about the saving grace of God. Paul’s gospel conviction was such that mentioning it to others never embarrassed him. Sadly, many today cower in fear at the thought of mentioning Bible truths to others. Are you as bold and courageous as the lion-hearted Paul in proclaiming the good news about Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 1:18)? 

Paul was very successful using these as the basis of his motivation for spreading the gospel. And if you think about it, it will still work for us. If we would just realize that this is something that Christ wants us to do (I am a debtor), and if we are truly prepared to do it (I am ready), then we will not have any problem going out and mentioning the gospel to others (I am not ashamed). 

Edd Sterchi
Broadway church of Christ
Campbellsville, KY 

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