Reflections From The Bible And Life

We Are Called on A Mission

Paul was a Roman soldier who was used by God powerfully. The Romans built major roads stretching out to all the territories that they have conquered. It was on one of these roads leading to Damascus that Paul first encountered Jesus.

Ever since he was converted, he preached to gentiles along those major roads leading to different cities. The Jews didn’t believe in Paul for he once persecuted them, this is why Paul concentrated on the Gentiles.

It is because of Paul that Christianity was spread to Europe and Asia. We thank the Lord for using Paul for bringing us closer to Him.

Matthew 28:8 says Make disciples of every nation. This is the command given to us. Nobody did it better than Paul.

Here are the strategies of Paul:
1. Paul penetrated huge cities. In Acts 14:21-22, these major cities were mentioned: Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch. These are equivalent to the New York City, Tokyo, and London nowadays. These cities were thickly populated for they had the most advanced technologies of their time, and there were more job opportunities in those big cities.

Why did Paul choose those cities? Simple. Big modern cities are thickly populated. Since there are more people, there is a bigger probability of building a bigger church than in small cities.

2. Paul raised local leaders. Acts 14:23 says, “And after they had appointed elders for them in each church, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe.” Paul appointed local leaders. He did not just by faith appoint the leaders. He taught them before appoint them. He also built some sort or relationship with these people. The rest, he just lifted up to the Lord. Why appoint local leaders? First, so he could duplicate himself, and generate bigger results in every city. Secondly, so that each city becomes independently on their own. This is the real essence of making disciples. By placing his trust in the leaders, he also empowered them.

3. Paul set himself out of his comfort zone and gave himself freely. In Acts 14:24-26, it is shown that Paul did not stay put in one place. He went from one place to another with the genuine heart of spreading the Good news to others. He was commended for it.

7 major cities in Asia is touted to have the most populated in the world by 2025. We have so much opportunity to follow Paul’s path. What would you do? Let’s pray about it.

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