Romans 1:8 NKJV - "First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world."
Ever consider that your faith has touched the lives of others? Sure, most of us would assume our trusting Christ has blessed our relatives and friends who are believers. But what about people all around the world? Could your belief in Christ bless others in distant lands?
The way Paul speaks here in his letter to the Roman Christians is that their coming to Christ was great news for believers everywhere! It was a joy not only to hear of their salvation, but to also know the zeal these Roman believers had for the Gospel to be heard in distant lands.
Many believers in local churches around the world have seen the same thing happen. Consider this: when you hear of someone coming to Christ in a place where one of your missionaries is serving doesn't your heart rejoice for that person's salvation?! And doesn't it bless you to know that they're grateful for your part in their faith? You prayed your prayers and gave your gifts so the Gospel could be heard everywhere. And aren't you glad to hear of the growth in Christ and the zeal these new believers have to share their faith, not only in their lands, but they are burdened for the rest of the world too!
May we continue to rejoice in our own salvation but may we also rejoice that we can have a part in sharing the Good News with others we'll never see "this side of Glory." But one day in heaven, WOW, what a joy we'll have in meeting those who came to Christ and know that we had a part in their hearing about Christ!
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.