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Mission Next Door

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19th Romans Chapter 1 Chapter 3 Mission Next Door

Memory Verse: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16

In today’s reading Paul writes that he is called to be an apostle. Synonyms for apostle are: advocate, supporter, promoter, champion, proponent, believer, and disciple. Paul’s life exemplified each of these roles. Paul says that he is separated unto God: this is the manner of “separation” that we should all strive for. It is not a division, but a selection out of the world, into an elite election of God’s chosen vessels. This way, we are close to God and nothing comes between us and His love (Romans 8:38-39).

The Word tells us that all things work together for good to them who love God, who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). We know that Paul was both called and obedient to his calling. And this is the pivotal key: obedience.

Paul writes that he is indebted to both the Jew and Greek, the bond and free, the wise and the unwise. He here shows that there is not favoritism in salvation, but that the Gospel must be preached to every nation (Romans 2:11). The obedient will surely be fulfilling that mission. It does not mean we must be a missionary to a faraway land in order to share the Gospel.

From This Way to Calcutta (http://www.examiner.com/article/devotional-this-way-to-calcutta)

God does not have to send everyone to a foreign [in reference to where they now stand] country. Mother Teresa said, “Find your own Calcutta.” …Your Calcutta could be right outside your front door [– to your next-door neighbor].


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