Rom.1:8 – First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world.
We often don’t realize how much our faith, our testimony, matters. The people in your “world’ notice, they are always watching you. Paul said that their “world” was watching the Roman Christians. The supernatural difference Christ made in their lives effected everyone who heard their story. It’s no different for you. The change in the lives of those truly converted is undeniable. There has been a shift, a total life change that can’t be ignored. That’s why Paul went on to say in this same chapter “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek (Rom.1:16)”. The gospel is the power of God. Embracing the gospel of Christ makes us totally different people. Here is how R.C. Sprole describes today’s verse.
“The word Paul uses for “thanks” is eucharisto, from which the church gets the term Eucharist. The word was used to describe the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. A profound spirit of thanksgiving lay at the heart of the Supper in the primitive Christian church, thanksgiving for what God had wrought in the work of Jesus Christ. Paul conjoins the words universe and cosmos to say that the Roman Christians’ reputation for faith has been broadcast throughout the cosmos, or universe. In a sense Paul is using hyperbole, but it is important to pause and pay attention to his use of the term world, one of many times in the Bible, particularly in the New Testament, where it occurs. When we think of the world, we typically have in mind the entire planet. We think of the continents and all the people who live in far-off places. However, when first-century people spoke of the world, they were speaking of the known world, which, in their case, was the Mediterranean world. Therefore, Paul is expressing joy that people throughout the Mediterranean world are talking about the faith of the Roman Christians; their faith had made an impact.”
So maybe you were once an alcoholic, all that has changed. Perhaps you were addicted to pornography or promiscuity, now you are a holy man or woman of God. Whatever your past contained in Christ, it is gone forever. Today your story is being proclaimed throughout your world.