Summary of passage: Paul once again explains his delay in coming to the Roman church: he has been busy fulfilling his calling of missionary to the Gentiles and taking the gospel of Christ to places it has not been heard so that “those who have not heard will understand.” He only speaks through the power of the Holy Spirit and what the Holy Spirit lays on his heart to speak.
6) Paul glories in serving God through spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. Our culture glories on self-satisfaction and laziness.
7) Part personal Question. My answer: Christ. Most of the time I don’t. I’m very aware that I am powerless in this world and all is through Him so I try to give Him all the credit, even in my thoughts and mind.
8 ) Personal Question. My answer: Paul’s calling was to proclaim Jesus to the Gentiles. We all have different callings. I’m trying to spread the word of God through the way I live my life, those I touch, the words you are reading right now, my books and novels, my conversations with friends and family and strangers, etc. In your little world, in your job, in your family is where the difference is made.
9) Personal Question. My answer: Similar to number 8. This blog, my other blogs, my work, my kids, friends, family, strangers, words, actions, deeds, volunteer opportunities, etc. Little things and places in this world that mean a lot.
Conclusions: Paul reiterates his calling here so BSF is asking us ours as well. Don’t get caught up in trying to make such a difference in this world. Most of us lead lives of ordinariness. But in that ordinariness extraordinary things happen. We just don’t perceive it because we are bombarded with stories of extraordinary people. You are extraordinary as well. Believe it. Receive it. Act on it.
End Notes: Bible Scholar Morris explains Paul’s words here: “Paul will glory only in what Christ has done through him. He is sure that Christ has done great things through him, and he is glad that he can draw attention to those things. But he is not trying to attract adulation. It is what Christ has done that is his theme.”
Paul makes sure to point out it is the Holy Spirit who guides him and his ministry to others everywhere.
Notice how Paul mentions the Triune God in this passage: God, Christ and the Holy Spirit.
Paul wanted to preach to new places. He’s not saying to NOT preach to where the Gospel has been taken. He is merely speaking of his particular calling, which he backs up with the Old Testament passage. Again, this is his calling. What is yours?