Day 17: Romans 16
Well done! You’ve completed the book of Romans! I’ll leave the summary of the book to Pastor Ed who will be sharing a final thought tomorrow.
Today I want to share one thought on what we can take from this final chapter.
Paul spends a lot of time in this letter greeting people and it struck me how relational Paul was. Paul’s greetings went to Romans and Greeks, Jews and Gentiles, men and women, prisoners and more prominent citizens. The churches base was broad – crossing, cultural, social and economic lines. Paul connected with so many people, my question to you today is who are you currently connecting with?
The apostle Paul wrote two thirds of the New Testament and what is interesting to know is that half of what he wrote was in lockdown, in confinement of some sort! Even in lockdown Paul found ways to be relational.
One of the core cultures of our Church is being relational. If Paul found ways to be relational during the times he was in lockdown then so can we!
When it comes to ways to communicate and build relationships, we have it so much easier than Paul did. Take this letter in Chapter 16, it was transcribed by Tertius in Corinth and sent to Rome carried by Phoebe. All we have to do is pick up the phone, call someone, send a text, an email or arrange a video call.
In Romans 1:16 Paul writes…
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes
We are called to share the good news, to not be ashamed but realise it really is good news. Sharing it could lead to someone’s salvation, a saved eternity and a chance to experience life in all it’s fullness here on earth!
God is clearly working in this season, our life is not on pause right now. God wants to use you in this lockdown, to bring some good news to other people, to show the love of God to someone who needs to experience it.
There is someone out there that could do with hearing from you today so, inspired by Paul, let’s do what we can to build some community and be relational during lockdown.
Ps Sophie McGuinness