It is even more amazing to realize how they used to travel from town to town, from village to village, from country to country…ok, they were still all under the Roman Empire so probably they did not need any passports! (smiles)
They had no airplanes or fast vehicles driven along highways. They had not phones or internet to book a hotel or inn. They were carrying no much with them either.
Thinking of them, I am impressed of the true physical and emotional effort, they put into their mission. They fully trusted the Lord for each step taken.
Of course, we live in a different era and due to our technology and transport means, we can take the gospel to the whole earth! I do believe that it still takes a great effort and a great willingness to continue doing so, even if one travels by a jet.
No matter the strengths and limitations of the era where we live, the important thing is to put God’s will and God’s calling as priority.
Paul had those desires to keep going to all churches and share with them. He was a great traveller, no doubts. We read again and again in his letters how he wished to be with them and how many times he planned to visit them.
“…making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you.”
“Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles.”
It seems strange! Paul wanted to go to them. It was a good act, nothing wrong with it. It was well motivated as it was out of love and out of a desire to support them with his presence.
However, God did not allow him to go…at least, when he was planning to. God had a better planning for Paul’s mission.
That’s why, during each step of our calling/mission, we need to know that it is what the Lord wants us to do. He knows the big picture, a picture that we are ignorant about.
To say it in a more simplified way: God is your employer and you the employee. There is some travelling to take place within the next few months. What would you do? You will have a meeting with the boss, discuss the whole travelling planning and finally the trips affordable and beneficial to be accommodated, will be accommodated but the rest will be cancelled.
As simple as that!
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