Support is a common way to spread the message of the gospel—the Book of Romans was written for this purpose. Paul wanted to go to Spain and needed some help. Paul was perhaps the most well-known missionary in the world, and like all missionaries, he needed support. These closing verses of Romans 15 give helpful insight into why he contacted this church, full of people whom he had never met, for support. Paul gave his entire life to Christ and wanted to encourage the church to join him. All around us there are places that may seem reached, but they are actually not. Across the U.S., people are coming from other nations for jobs and other opportunities. To these people, Christ has not been named. Our desire should be that of Paul, to name Jesus to them. Paul gave to the gospel until he could not give anymore. Are we?
When we talk about giving our lives in service to the gospel, does that make you excited, scared, or somewhere in between? How do we cultivate a desire to give our all for the sake of Jesus?
PRAYER – I hereby surrender everything that I am, and have, and ever will be. I take my hands off of my life and release every relationship to You: every habit, every goal, my health, my wealth, and everything that means anything. I surrender it ALL to You. By faith I take my place at the Cross, believing that when the Lord Jesus was crucified, according to Your Word, I was crucified with Him; when He was buried, I was buried; when He was raised from the dead, I was raised with Him. I deny myself the right to rule and reign in my own life and I take up the Cross believing that You are in my and I in You. I thank You for saving me from my sins and myself. From this moment on I am trusting You to live Your life in me and through me, instead of me, to do what I can’t do, quit what I can’t quit, start what I can’t start, and–most of all–to be what I can’t be. I am trusting you to renew my mind and heal damaged emotions in Your time. I thank You now by faith for accepting me in the Lord Jesus, for giving me Your grace, Your freedom, Your joy, Your victory and Your righteousness as my inheritance. Even if I don’t feel anything, I know that Your Word is true; I am counting on Your Spirit to do what Your Word says– to set me free from myself, that Your resurrection life may be lived out through me, and that You may receive all the glory. I thank You and praise You for victory right now in Jesus’ name, Amen.