In Romans 7:14-25, Paul is not confessing that he continually practiced sin in his daily life, but that the threat of practicing it was always with him. He always had to be on guard against it to keep it from breaking out. And, at times, it did indeed break out, reminding him not only of its presence, but also its strength. There is no doubt Paul was a mature Christian. Therefore, Paul’s example serves as a reminder to us that, no matter how spiritually mature we become, human nature will still always be with us.
Thus, because we are similar to Paul, and despite the wretchedness we may feel, we have assurance, knowing we will be delivered from this peculiar situation, one that is somewhat akin to having a dual personality. Our deliverance is through Jesus Christ; there indeed is an end. However, unlike many Protestant groups that proclaim that we do not have to keep the law because all is done for us, we know that we must strive to walk even as Christ walked—and He never sinned.
How far would you go to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ? A little way or a long way? Paul the apostle traveled over 10,000 miles in the days of his ministry. To put things in perspective, the distance Paul traveled would be equivalent to walking back and forth across the United States five times from New York to Los Angeles.
That’s quite an accomplishment when you think about it. What about you? Are you willing to walk next door to an unsaved neighbor’s house or even further? Paul talked about how blessed he was by carrying on with his duties to reach the unsaved. We can be blessed also and a blessing to others by loving the Lord enough to want to make sure everyone hears about Jesus’ atoning sacrificial death.
Don’t let fear be your guide that prevents you from sharing with others the “good news.” Fear is a tool of Satan. Listen to the Holy Spirit and he will not only guide you but give you the words to say at the right time that will have an impact on whoever you are talking to.
Step out. Take a chance. And then hear God say to you, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”