Discipleship | Lesson 12 | Devotion 3
Romans 1:15-16 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
There are many times in our lives where are asked the question, “Are you ready?” If you’re a wife, you may hear your husband ask you this quite often. Maybe you’re a parent, and you have to constantly ask your children this. Being ready is more than an answer to a question; being ready starts with preparation. Unless preparation and effort is made, no one would ever be ready.
In Romans 1, Paul tells the church at Rome, “I am ready to preach the Gospel to you that are at Rome also.” Throughout Paul’s life we never see him hesitate in sharing the Gospel. In fact, we see that he was actually very quick to do so in every place the Lord led him. Roma was no different. He was ready to preach to them as well. Paul’s readiness to preach the Gospel was not birthed in a day; it took preparation.
Just as Paul’s life was characterized by a readiness to share the Gospel so should our lives. We are placed on this earth to be Christians who point to our Redeemer. This starts by preparing our hearts, preparing our minds, and even preparing our lives to be the most optimum vehicle to carry the Gospel. We should never want to do anything that distracts or distorts the Gospel in any way!
How do we ensure that we are ready? The answer is found in verse sixteen. We must never be ashamed of the Gospel, and we must understand the power of the Gospel. Our boldness in proclaiming the Gospel comes from a proper understanding of the power of the Gospel. When the Gospel becomes powerful to us, we are quick to share it. The power of the Gospel changed Paul’s life! Do you think he was bashful about sharing the one thing that changed him from a murderer to a missionary? No, he was ready; the question is, “Are you?”