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Why Preach
 
The Apostle Paul wanted to preach in Rome because he knew it would advance the gospel throughout the world. The goal is to advance the gospel. When we preach, God speaks. God uses preaching as a way to change people. God has chosen man as His instrument to spread the gospel. The Father does not need us but has chosen to use us. We preach because God has spoken to us, and we cannot stop speaking about it (Acts 4:20). God has placed a call on the preacher’s life to preach, so people will hear and believe. 
 
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!” (Rom. 10:14-15). 
 
Preaching is a calling of God, an honor, and an act of obedience to God. A burden for the lost should drive the preacher to action. Paul was troubled and concerned at the thought of His Jewish “brethren” being separated from Christ. Listen to the extremes Paul went to when talking about his burden for the lost:
 
I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. For I wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh(Rom. 9:1-3)
 
Paul would rather take the punishment for his earthly brothers than for them to spend an eternity in hell. Paul is saying he would sacrifice himself and be willing to be separated from Christ to save others. That is how significant it was to him for people to come to know the Lord. We preach because we know God changes lives, and we want to see lives changed. As Christians, we must share the good news of Jesus with those around us!
 
Do we have the same kind of burden for the lost that Paul had?
 
Jarod Grimes
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