Paul's Strategy

Today's Bible reading: Romans 15:23-33

It’s an amazing fact, that - after working in the eastern half of the Roman empire for little more than a decade - Paul was looking for another mission field in the west.  He wrote to the Romans asking them to provide a base of operations for this new venture.  How was it that Paul’s ministry was so effective?  From the account in Acts we know that Paul preached with boldness to all classes of people.  He always began by preaching to the Jews in the town he was visiting.  Though a few believed, the rejection of the Gospel by most of them confirmed his calling as apostle to the Gentiles.  Here was where he had his great success.  Not even suffering stood in the way of the mission – it rather furthered the growth of the Church.

Yet the real success of Paul’s mission - and that of the other apostles and missionaries of whom we know so little - lay in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Paul preached Christ crucified and risen … he appointed local leaders to carry-on his work … and then left the rest to the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Almighty Lord, forgive our prejudices and teach us to see Your Son in every Christian.  Help us to abandon our self-confidence and rejoice in Your grace alone; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.