Romans 1: 14-17 (NIV)
14 “I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. 15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
In these verses, Paul is eager to preach the good news of the gospel to those in Rome and to all people. There is an excitement and fire in Paul to share His faith in Jesus that can be a great encouragement to those of us who are believers. Sometimes, for those of us who have been Christians for a long period of time, we can lose that “excitement” or “fire” we have for Jesus and our faith can feel mundane and routine. Paul feels a moral debt (“obligated” v. 14) to the Gospel in his heart because of all Christ had done for him, and thus he is eager to share this with all people, and more importantly to the Gentiles who have never heard or been changed by the good news!
Sharing the gospel is different than mere religious duty in that the truth and love, out of a relationship with Christ, flows from our hearts into a broken world. Peace, love, joy, patience, and truth flow out of our hearts when the gospel has truly penetrated our lives. God wants us as believers to have this joy and compassion for the lost people of the world. We should be delighted to share the good news and love of Christ with those around us. Righteousness does not come from ourselves, but rather, righteousness comes from the One True and Holy God who has made us righteous in His sight through His blood shed on the cross (see 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 10:14)). When we have chosen to follow Jesus, we put our old selfishness aside and stop living for ourselves, and we learn to live for the gospel. The fact that we know there are people in this world who do not know Jesus should fuel our faith for wanting to spread the good news!
How long have you been a believer in Christ? Was there a time when your faith was more “on fire” than it is now? How can you spark this flame of faith again in your life?