Posted by: bshelley | March 11, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart

Entry for March 10, 2008

Today’s Verse: Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world. NASB

As a small child, my world was not very big. To the best of my memory it stretched up and down Larkwood Drive between Haskin and Chevy Chase streets. Not a very big world, only a couple of blocks, but to a child it was my world. All the dreams of adventures and seeing the world did not in my mind go much beyond what I could see from my house. The apostle Paul was always driven to take the gospel where it had never been preached before. Ultimately, he even wanted to go to Spain and preach there. We don’t know if he made it or not, but he certainly took the gospel message to the world of his day. In today’s verse he is bragging on the church in Rome for their faith, the news of which had reached Paul’s ears in far places. Often we think of the work of missionaries for Christ as being someone we send by proxy to “go and make disciples”. Interestingly enough, to those in Africa or China or Europe, your neighborhood seems like the ends of the earth. We each live at the end of the earth from someone else. Our little world is just waiting right outside our door for someone to come and tell them about Jesus. It would take amazing resources to put a missionary in your neighborhood to do this work. But wait, God already has you there. The world you reach personally for Jesus may not be any bigger than Larkwood from Chevy Chase to Haskin. We are called to be faithful and missional disciples. Missional meaning that we not only send others, but are also sent into our world, whatever size that happens to be. Don’t know what to say? Try starting with “Hi, my name is _____________ and I live right down the street and just wanted to stop by and meet you. Our church is having a ________ this week and I would love to take you as my guest.” You can do that easier than anyone else on the planet because you are already there. Hmmm, wonder if God did that on purpose? Meet your neighbors and co-workers with a purpose, in love. You might even make friends, influence people and your faith be “proclaimed throughout the whole world”. More likely, you and God will know of your faithfulness. That’s enough. Go be faithful.


  1. What a great perspective!
    I like what I am reading in your blog and am blessed. Keep up the good work for the Lord Jesus Christ!


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