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Global Recognition

Today’s Verse:

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. ~Romans 1:8

Major corporations are driven with the quest to become a household name. There are established consumer brands such as Coca Cola and MacDonald’s which can be found in most countries of the world. Then, there are the technology giants such as Apple, Google, and Facebook whose products and services have affected most areas of life. All of these companies have as their goal a “global recognition,” that is, to make their brand known by everyone. Long before this term was developed, the Apostle Paul spoke of a church in the first century “whose faith was spoken of throughout the whole world.”

There must be the priority.

“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.” Paul is speaking of the priority of churches being strongly missions-driven. Missions occur when churches seek to advance the gospel throughout the world, especially where the gospel has minimal to no influence. Missions is advanced through the sending of laborers, starting churches, and financial support of missionaries on the field. Churches and its members are obeying the Lord’s command in Matthew 28:19-20 by making missions a visible priority.

There must be prayer.

“For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers.” Paul prayed for this church that it would be fruitful in its endeavors. He was so encouraged by the gospel influence this church was making, he prayed that their ability to further impact the world with the gospel would flourish. Jesus commanded us to pray for the Lord to send laborers for the harvest. We must pray that national men who get saved will sense the need to be called as preachers and reach their nation with the gospel.

There must be the practice.