My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else. – Romans 15:20 NLT
What are you passionate about? What gets you out of bed every morning? On what will you invest your time, energy and resources today?
Paul’s ambition (lit. earnest desire) was clear and simple. He wanted to preach the Good News. He had heard it, believed in it and was changed by it. That is why he wanted to share it. He relentlessly preached the Good News of forgiveness and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.
However, Paul’s ambition was not to simply preach the Good News. It was more specific. He wanted to preach the Good News in places where it had not been proclaimed before. In fact, he didn’t want to duplicate the efforts of other Christians in a particular area. That should be our concern as well. Why? Because one out of every three people in this world has virtually no exposure to the Good News! There are just too many people in the world who do not have access to the Good News. Most of these people have never even met a true follower of Christ. What shall we do then? Well, let’s follow Paul’s example. Make it our holy ambition to include the least evangelized peoples of the world in our personal and/or church plans to share the Good News.
Father, I recognize that it is my God-given duty to reach out to a world that needs the love and truth of Christ. You want me to actively seek to bring them to a saving knowledge of Christ. Help me make this my personal ambition. Today. Always.