Are you proclaiming the Gospel of God to the nations for the glory of God? | Romans 1:5–7
Are you proclaiming The gospel of God to the nations for the glory of God?
if someone were to ask you how it is that you are serving the Lord, what would you say to them? Perhaps you would tell them something that you are doing in the church. Maybe it would be “I teach Sunday school, or I am a deacon or clean up after social gatherings, or I greet people.”
All of those are answers are good answers, and there is nothing wrong with them, but I want to challenge your thoughts to be bigger this morning. I want you to think more like this God saved me and is using me to build his church to be active in proclaiming the gospel to the nations for the glory of God.
Do you see how that is a broader vision? That is how the Apostle Paul viewed himself. This is what we see in Romans 1:5-7. Paul was an avid persecutor of the church, and God by His grace called Paul as an apostle to help lay the church’s foundation as we know it, which is the church that Christ promised He would build. God was using Paul to take the gospel to the nations for God’s glory. While none of us are called to be an apostle in the same way that Paul was, the principles are still the same.
We are saved by God’s grace for His service to proclaim the gospel to the nations for His glory.
This means that whatever we are doing in service to the Lord should be viewed through the lens of glorifying His name by proclaiming the power of the gospel to all people groups. I know you might be thinking, well, I am not called to be a missionary, and that may be true, but I believe as we actually broaden our vision as Paul writes to bring about the obedience of faith in others for the glory of Christ. There are so many ways that we can help this be accomplished.
Let me give you an example; sometimes people will say, what can I do? Well, you can pray. You can pray for groups all around the world; the truth is that there still may be as many as 2 billion people who have never heard the gospel, so pray that the gospel gets taken to the ends of the earth. We can also give form what the Lord has provided for us to help support missions. We can also do all we can to lead boys and girls, men and women, to Jesus Christ and disciple them with a vision to take the gospel to the nations. We can think, oh, I am just doing a mundane job in the church, but there is no mundane job; if it is building the church and the church’s focus is on proclaiming the gospel to the nations, then you are part of the team effort of advancing God’s kingdom.
In these verses, Paul lays out 5 principles dealing with salvation and service. My prayer is that we realize that we are not saved to sit and soak and sour. Nor are we saved to sit around and be happy and have a happy family. For the believer, true happiness should come by seeing the gospel advance to the nations that is the means to bringing God glory. So if you are a follower of Jesus Christ through salvation, then God wants to use you in some capacity to take the gospel to the nations.