Those words “jumped out” of the 14th verse of Romans 1; at least that is how they appeared to me during my reading of that chapter of the Word of God.
The Lord Jesus had said that the Holy Spirit would be sent, and that His disciples would experience a whole new relationship to God the Father, through Him, once He descended and took up residence in them. Acts 2 solidified that promise!
In Paul’s experience on the Damascus Road (Acts 9), God not only touched him relative to his salvation, but He impressed upon him that He would become entrusted to share His message to the Gentile world of that day. Paul, when speaking to Felix, Agrippa and Bernice, (Acts 26) rehearsed to them concerning that experience and how God had impressed upon him how he would be sent to the Gentiles, and before such people as themselves, the people would have their eyes opened “so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, and they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in ME.” (26:18)
We need to catch afresh Romans 1:14 how God does not beckon us to Himself to sit in a rocking chair and be waited on, but He brings with salvation, an “obligation” of responsibility of service. He not only gave that responsibility to the apostle, but God sent him to minister to the people that he most literally despised. In fact, as he was sent to Rome and encountered one “mishap” or the other he could say to those on a ship in a storm tossed ocean, we will all be saved because God has given me a mission that will eventuate in my presenting the message of salvation to Caesar “Do not be afraid Paul; you must stand before Caesar; and behold, God has granted you all those who are sailing with you.” (Acts 27:24)
The depth of that “obligation” never ceased in the mind of the Apostle! He saw with clarity what he related to the church, in the opening words of Romans, He was a “bond-servant” of Jesus Christ”.
As we read through the Scriptures and discover their accuracy and survival through the ages, I pause prayerfully, and ask God to alert us afresh to our personal obligation to HIM and to a world in need of HIM! Let us not be deterred from that entrustment, but rather, let it melt our hearts in obedience.