I read a passage in my devotion yesterday. And every time I came across the word, “Jew”, I automatically replaced with the word, “Christian,.” It was as if God was revealing to me how it applied to my life, today, in this world. I do my best not to take things out of context, but I read this with a new perspective.
I’ve shared the passage below and added the word “Christian” in parenthesis so you can perhaps see it with a more personal perspective as well.
“My brothers and sisters, I am sure that you are full of goodness. I know that you have all the knowledge you need and that you are able to teach each other. But I have written to you very openly about some things I wanted you to remember. I did this because God gave me this special gift: to be a minister of Christ Jesus to those who are not Jews ( not Christians). I served God by teaching his Good News, so that the non-Jewish (non-Christian) people could be an offering that God would accept-an offering made holy by the Holy Spirit.
So I am proud of what I have done for God in Christ Jesus. I will not talk about anything except what Christ has done through me in leading those who are not Jews (not Christians) to obey God. They have obeyed God because of what I have said and done, because of the power of miracles and the great things they saw, and because of the power of the Holy Spirit. I preached the Good News from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, and so I have finished that part of my work. I always want to preach the Good News in places where people have never heard of Christ, because I do not want to build on the work someone else has already started. But it is written in Scriptures:
‘Those who were not told about him will see and those who have not heard about him will understand.’ – Isaiah 52:15” – Romans 15:14 – 21
In those days, the Jews needed to hear the message, but so did the Gentiles. In this age, we must nurture the faith of fellow Christians, but also remember our call to go out and minister to those who don’t know Jesus. That was my takeaway, what is yours?