To Rome and Beyond

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Romans 1:8-10

. . . asking that by God’s will I may somehow at last succeed in coming to you. (v. 10)

I am told this actually happened. A minister called in to the newspaper his sermon title: “Justification by Faith.” And when the paper was published, the sermon title read: “Just a Vacation by Faith.”

Paul was planning a trip to Rome, to visit the church there. And from there he was hoping to travel to Spain. But this was going to be no vacation for him; he was traveling to preach the gospel of God’s saving grace, both in Rome and beyond.

There was never a time when the apostle took a break from his life’s calling. He even preached the gospel to prison guards when he was incarcerated. He was on fire for the Lord and would not rest until he had reached the whole world for Christ.

There is nothing wrong, of course, in taking a break from the routine of daily work. Doing so helps us come back to our jobs renewed and refreshed. But we should never take a vacation from serving the Lord and living out our Christian calling. To whom can you carry the message of Christ’s salvation? What will you do today so that others know you are following him?

PRAYER

Lord, help me to be a Christian 24/7. Let my coworkers, neighbors, and friends see that I belong to you. Amen.