“Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name. And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ. I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.” Romans 1:5-7
Paul is telling us that God has given us the privilege and the authority to tell others about the wonderful Good News of the gospel. “Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20) This is the last mission that Jesus gave us before He went to heaven to sit at God’s right hand. I don’t know about you, but I have failed in carrying out this mission. Yes, I know that I have given the message of the Good News to people, but just not as much as I should have. Why do we not share this Good News with others? Part of the problem is fear. Fear of sounding foolish. The world does not understand why we follow Jesus and believe that Jesus died for our sins. “The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18) We need to allow God to help us with our fear. It does not matter what others think or say about us. We know that Jesus is alive and living within us. We know this because we have the peace of God in our heart. We need to give the world this peace and hope because there is no peace or hope in the world.