Romans 1:14 An Obligation To Everyone

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I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. Romans 1:14

Paul talks about he is striving come and see the Romans. He wants to bring the gospel message to them in person. He then tells them that he has an obligation to everyone.

In this world people do not like to have an obligation to someone else. An obligation is a requirement of a person to do something to, for, or with someone else. Each person wants to be his own person and free to do what he wants, when he wants on his own, thus does not like having an obligation.

Obligations are often seen in contracts. People do not want to be tied to a binding contract with another person. They want their freedom. They want a contract with no requirements or obligations for in the future.

When a person is obligated to another person, he may feel tied to him. People do not want to be tied down and required to do something.

Believers often have the same feelings. There are times that they are obligated to do something in or outside the church and they don’t want to do it.

One area that every believer has an obligation in is to tell others about Jesus. Jesus gave that command to every person who follows Him. Paul had shown this by his statement. Every person on this earth is either a Greek or a non-Greek, wise or foolish. Paul felt the responsibility to every person.

Believers have the responsibility to tell others about Jesus. This responsibility is their obligation to every person. Some of those people will be wise and listen. Others will be foolish and reject listening. Yet, the obligation to tell them about Jesus remains the same.

You have the same obligation as Paul did. Every person you meet is either a Greek or a non-Greek, a wise or foolish person. You have a duty to tell that person about Jesus. Give every person you meet a chance to accept or reject Jesus. Do not make the decision for them.

You also have the obligation to follow the commands of Jesus–go and tell the gospel to all of the world. You may not have to travel around the world, but you can travel around your community. Fulfill your obligation.

I pray today that you will find people to tell about Jesus; that you will tell everyone you can about Jesus; that you will fulfill your obligation to others and God; and that many will believe in Jesus through your message.

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Romans 1:8 What Is Being Reported?

Faith In God

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. Romans 1:8

Right after Paul opens his letter to the Romans, he says that he thanks God for them. Wherever he is going, he is hearing good reports about the church in Rome. They were being reported as being full of faith in God.

People love to talk about other people. No matter who a person is, there is usually someone who will talk about that person. The thing that people talk about is what makes the person different or what that person is doing that is out of the ordinary.

At times there is big news about a person who helps the poor out or gives out millions of dollars to a charity. While this does happen, it is not a common piece of news to hear about.

What is more common is hearing about what a person is doing wrong. When a celebrity gets in trouble or does something wrong, it is big news. When a politician makes an unwelcome decision, it is big news. When a co-worker or neighbor is in trouble, it is big news.

While it may not make headline news, each person is talked about by someone else a lot. People in the church will talk about others in the church–how a person is living for God or not living for God.

The real question comes down to what are people saying about an individual. Are they talking more about something good or something negative?

The best thing that people can talk about, when talking about a believer, is how much faith he has in God. This shows the world how much a person is really believing in God. It puts reality to his words, if he is living a life of faith in God. It is different and people will talk.

When other people see you, what do they see? Whatever they see is what they will talk about. They will report what they are seeing in your life and actions. Your words and actions must match up.

A person who has faith in God will stand out as very different in this world, even inside the church, thus people will talk and spread the report.

Can people report that they see you have faith in God?

Or are you just like everyone else?

I pray today that you will have faith in God; that you will live a life of faith in God; that the world will report of your faith in God; and that many will know of Jesus because of you.

Acts 28:23 Try To Persuade

 

Peaceful Waterfall

They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. He witnessed to them from morning till evening, explaining about the kingdom of God, and from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets he tried to persuade them about Jesus. Acts 28:23

Paul had been taken as a prisoner to Rome because of his preaching about Jesus. God had a plan to bring the gospel message to the people of Rome through Paul. Once he was there, even though under house arrest, he was given opportunities to talk to people about Jesus. He did all he could to persuade them to believe in Jesus.

When a person believes in something very strongly, he will do what he can to get others to agree with him on it. This is especially true if it is something that is good for a person. All over people are trying to sell some product saying it is the best for a person’s health. Movies are talked about all the time as though they are the best thing in the world to see. Every car dealership has a salesman who tries to tell everyone that they need to get a new car today.

While all of these things may be good, they are also only temporary. There is one thing that every person needs that is eternal–Jesus Christ. He is the only one who can offer forgiveness and eternal life to a person.

Many believers do not talk a lot about Jesus in the public place. Some don’t because they feel it is a private thing. Others don’t out of fear, fear of rejection or fear of ridicule.

Telling other people about Jesus should be the first priority of every believer. Focusing on striving to persuade a person to believe in Jesus is important. This gives people eternal life.

Each day you get up, make it your priority to tell someone about Jesus. Strive to persuade a person that He is exactly what he needs. Every person needs salvation through Jesus.

Tell people why you believe. Tell people how Jesus has changed your life. Tell them what He has done in your life. Persuade them to believe.

Some will reject it, but others will accept your message. Give every person a chance to accept or reject Jesus.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that God will draw people to Jesus through you; and that you will not fear telling people about Jesus.