Day 4 Read: Romans 1:14-15
I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
Reflect: How does Paul understand his specific calling? Who is his audience?
Consider: Paul may decry worldly wisdom (as he does, e.g., in 1 Cor. 2), but he is deeply interested in true wisdom. He often reverts to the subject as he distinguishes between the wisdom of this world which he sees as foolishness (1 Cor. 1:20) and the true wisdom that comes from God. Here he is thinking of those the world counts as wise, but he is not contrasting their kind of wisdom with that which comes from God. He is accepting it for what it is and agreeing that it has its values. It is only when people use it to reject the divine wisdom that it is to be condemned.4
Respond: How certain are you of the audience God has given you to share the gospel? Who (specifically) is included in that audience. Pray for those people by name.
4 Leon Morris, The Epistle to the Romans, The Pillar New Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI; Leicester, England: W.B. Eerdmans; Inter-Varsity Press, 1988), 64.