Topic: Be Relentless In His Work
[DCLM Daily Manna 24 November 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Romans 15:14-22
Key Verse: “Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ” – (Romans 15:19).
Illyricum was a country on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea by Italy, north of Macedonia. The territory had not received the gospel of Jesus until Apostle Paul visited there in one of his missionary trips. It was a tortuous journey. By sea or land, it was a journey of more than a one thousand kilometers. Nevertheless, Paul embarked on the voyage.
Today, as we read this account of one who abandoned his comfort zone in Jerusalem for the evangelism task in unknown places, hundreds of kilometers away, we are reminded of our Lord Himself who set the standard for His followers. He walked the length and breadth of Israel on foot and by boat and preached everywhere; distance not an obstacle. So for Paul and the other believers in the early church, strange foreign lands were not no-go areas.
Jesus and the disciples spared nothing including their time, vocation, money and other resources to preach the gospel. That was the strategy the Lord devised to get the Good News preached all over the world as commanded in the Great Commission. In these latter days when our world is aflame with heretical doctrines that are infiltrating even the Church, today’s brethren need to thirst more for evangelism beyond where they live, while retaining the souls the Lord has already won for His kingdom.
The late Mother Theresa of Calcutta said we should “give and give until it hurts”. Applied to our work in the Vineyard of the Lord, the Lord wants us to give all it takes to win souls as eternity draws near. The clock is ticking fast to the beginning of eternity. We should also hasten our evangelism footsteps to match the urgency of the moment and outstrip the speed of the enemies of the gospel.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Preach until it hurts and no land is left uncovered.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Ezekiel 45-46