Read Romans 11:7-16
Paul wrote, “I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I glorify my ministry.”—Romans 11:13 (NRSV)
Recently I was preparing for a very important trip where I would be meeting with international partners. The meeting had been planned for several months, but sudden changes in the weather altered all our plans. Flights were cancelled, and it became clear that the meeting would not be taking place on the intended dates. I was upset. But later in the day my sadness left me when I realized that the postponement of the trip would allow me to spend more time with my family. I saw this as a gift and rejoiced in this opportunity.
The apostle Paul also found a way to make the most out of a changed situation. He faced many obstacles when he began to preach the gospel to Israel. His own people rejected the good news about Jesus. But this did not stop Paul. He did not lose hope that Israel would turn to God; in fact, he saw a new opportunity—to preach the gospel to the Gentiles. At that time this was a revolutionary idea. He saw himself as an apostle to the Gentiles. As we know, this attitude changed the world and the whole map of the Christian world. The entire then-known world heard the good news about Jesus Christ.
Prayer—Great God, help us to see the opportunities in obstacles. Lead us by your Holy Spirit that we might act boldly like the apostle. Amen.
Thought for the Day—What opportunities to share the gospel can I find in today’s obstacles?
Eduard Khegay (Moscow, Russia)