As I am reading this verse over and over, I find myself during the time of Jesus. I imagine what induced Paul to say this. “… your faith is being reported all over the world.” These people must have been the TALK. You know what the TALK is right? No no no, not the one you had in middle school. That’s THE TALK. I’m talking about the people who were the talk of the town.
Today, I think of the TALK, as people who are always in the news or on twitter. Anyone from Donald Trump to Kanye West to Lamar Jackson to Elon Musk just to name a few. Good or bad, these people are being talked about on every platform daily. This is how I imagine Paul sees the faith of the church of Rome.
Now hold up, what did these people do that is such a big deal? How is their faith being reported all over the world? What is the deal? Well, Rome was the world power at the time. It was believed by many to be the center of world culture. If you ask me, the Roman Christians must have done some stand out acts of service and obedience in a fairly wicked and foolish environment.
Every time I read Romans 1:8 I think to myself, “I want to be like these Roman Christians!” I want my faith to be talked about all over the world. I mean who wouldn’t. Quickly, I am reminded of Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Jesus wants us to succeed. Jesus wants us to have a platform. Jesus wants us to be the best. Why? Because He wants to use us in glorifying His name. You see we are called to glorify God in all that we do. Whether you are a janitor, in school, a salesman, a doctor, a cashier, or a chef; Jesus wants you to be the best despite your circumstances or what others think of you.
My challenge for you today is to take a step back. Look at your life and find an area you have been taking for granted. Find an area of your life where you have been holding back and ask God, “Help me to be the best at this for you. Help me to make this less about me and more about You Jesus. Teach me how I can better glorify Your name. Amen.”
Dear Lord, thank you for the examples of faith that have come before us. I pray that you allow us to learn from them and be an example of faith for others in the future. Allow us to live in such a way that has to be noticed. Thank you Jesus for paying the ultimate price for us. We love you. Amen.
Have a great day!