DCLM Daily Manna 2023: DCLM Daily Manna 4 June 2023: An Example To Follow
Key Verse: “Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation.” – (Romans 15:20)
TEXT: Romans 15:14-22 (KJV)
14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,
16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
17 I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.
18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,
19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:
21 But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.
22 For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.
When a course is noteworthy, people invest time, materials and money in it to profit maximally or succeed. Investing all in the course of propagating the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is the most eternally rewarding venture anyone can ever undertake.
Apostle Paul left a very imposing but highly replicable example for all believers in relentless preaching backed by the Spirit of God with signs and wonders as promised by Jesus Christ. Covering a large expanse of territory “from Jerusalem and round about unto Illyricum (a country now called Albania, covering a distance of about 1,000 miles), he determined to preach the gospel “not where Christ was named, lest [he] should build upon another man’s foundation”. Our passage reveals the doggedness and exploits of the Apostle in the field of evangelism, breaking new grounds, as a conquering commander in battle. He was convinced that we have the same capacity being “full of goodness and filled with all knowledge”. Though he faced a lot of hardship and opposition, he remained determined to spread the gospel.
Paul’s life is indeed a worthy challenge for Christians today. Little wonder he could boldly say, “be ye followers of me” (1 Corinthians 4:16; 11:1; Philippians 3:17). Fear, fatigue, friends, finance, family, adversaries and distance did not prevent him from preaching the gospel.
What have you done so far to propagate the gospel? As a believer, you should rededicate your life to this worthy and noble venture if you desire to get to heaven like other saints and receive the crown of righteousness like them.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Only wise people follow a successful mentor.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 Samuel 30-31
Thank you for studying today’s Daily Manna – An Example To Follow – by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
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Daily Manna 4 June 2023