St. Paul wanted , above all else, to bring the message of Jesus Christ to people who had never before heard it. He wanted to take the Gospel into places where it had never before been. He worked tirelessly to do just that.
Few people today have ever really heard the message of the Gospel. Even though we live in the South, where there are churches all over the place, people are largely ignorant of who God is. Jesus is just a cuss word to them. Oh, sure, he was a guy who lived a couple thousand years ago and who was pretty radical for his time, and he was a good man who stood up for the poor and oppressed, but that’s about it.
Beating people over the head with the Bible, telling them that they’re going to be tortured forever in hell if they don’t accept God is one of the least effective ways to bring people to Christ. The most effective? Friendship. Service. Washing their feet.
Take a few moments to pray about this. How does it speak to you? You may find the following prayer helpful:
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, might bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.