Read Romans 1.1-15

                Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name, including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,
                 To all God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
                 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the world.  For God, whom I serve with my spirit by announcing the gospel of his Son, is my witness that without ceasing I remember you always in my prayers, asking that by God’s will I may somehow at last succeed in coming to you.  For I am longing to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen you–
or rather so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.
                 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as I have among the rest of the Gentiles.  I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish –hence my eagerness to proclaim the gospel to you also who are in Rome.

 

From Rev. William Pollack, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Princeton

                We are “set apart for the gospel of God”. What an immeasurably great thought. That somehow, God in His wisdom would look down and choose each of us for His work in the world. What does God see in us? How is it that God would have a need to carry on the work of His Son, Jesus, through us?

                We are called and gifted through the faithfulness of the Son. If we carefully read the words of Paul, we are given encouragement for the calling. He says we are “graced”, “called” and “beloved”. During this season of Lent, may we become more aware of His need for us, as we are constantly reminded of our need for Him.

Heavenly Father, as we walk this Lenten journey,

may we be worthy of your confidence in us.

Help us to encourage others, even as we are encouraged by You.

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