Saturday, March 15, 2014


"The following night, the Lord stood by him and said, 'Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.'"

(Acts of the Apostles)

Paul was a Pharisee of the Pharisees.  He knew and understood the culture of his homeland.  Yet God intended for the followers of Jesus to be scattered across the face of the earth.  As Paul traveled with the message of the Lordship of Jesus to the principal cities of each Roman province, he begins to realize that the culmination of his ministry will be to help solidify and plant the Good News about Jesus in the capital of most of the world at the time.

Jerusalem to Rome.  What is my Jerusalem?  What is the Rome that Christ leads me to?

For me, my Jerusalem is the U.S. Army.  My Rome is San Antonio.

Servants Lead

"That the leaders took the lead in Israel,
     that the people offered themselves willingly,
     bless the Lord!"

"My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel
     who offered themselves willingly among the people.
     Bless the Lord!"

(Excerpts from the song of Deborah and Barak)

If Christ has commissioned us to go out and do something, we must go, offer ourselves willingly and take the lead.  Christ doesn't talk very much about leadership, but he has a lot to say about servanthood.  We serve others by leading them towards the goal he has set for us.