“So, I have reason to be enthusiastic about all Christ Jesus has done through me in my service to God. Yet I dare not boast about anything except what Christ has done through me, bringing the Gentiles to God by my message and by the way I worked among them. They were convinced by the power of miraculous signs and wonders and by the power of God’s Spirit. In this way, I have fully presented the Good News of Christ from Jerusalem all the way to Illyricum.” Romans 15:17-19
Being enthusiastic means showing interest in the things that you do and getting pleasure from them. It means having an active and motivated attitude instead of a passive one. Enthusiasm means having a good attitude and getting satisfaction from getting things done and pursuing your dreams. Enthusiastic means passion, fervor, enthusiasm, zeal and intense emotion compelling action; it a strong feeling of excitement and interest in something, and a desire to become involved in its enthusiasm. We can get so excited about a sporting event, but we cannot get excited about God and eternity. It really does not matter in the long run if our sports team wins or loses. Life goes on. What really matter is where you are going to spend eternity? Paul was enthusiastic about Jesus and the gospel. Paul knew what was important in life and he preached the message of Jesus Christ.
What a marvelous thing to exclaim that everywhere you went you fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ without reservation. What a great feeling to know that your life was given for the good news of Jesus, which has the power to save. This was the theme and mission of Paul’s life. He boldly taught Christ, faced all opposition to the message and ran the race set before him unto a glorious finish.
What is most amazing about this declaration is that Paul would not boast in anything except what the Lord Jesus accomplished through him. His mission was to lead the Gentiles to Christ, he was the apostle set apart from birth for this specific purpose. Everywhere Paul went people came to the Lord because of the word he taught and the demonstration of power that accompanied him. The Holy Spirit verified by signs and wonders that he spoke on behalf of God.