I’m by no means a history buff, but I am fascinated by certain aspects of history. In particular I’m always interested to learn how small mundane events in the past shaped the future. I love hearing the testimonies of famous theologians who’s stories involve their parents coming to faith and living fairly unremarkable lives. The person who led them to faith most likely had no idea that their spiritual heritage changed millions of lives. Their small act of obedience was used in huge ways.
10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome
I don’t think I’ve heard anyone else emphasize this particular verse (maybe I have but I just don’t recall). All it really does is list groups of people who appeared on the day of Pentecost.
Their story is not unlike most of our stories. Whoever started the church in Rome was faithful to spread the gospel, and God used their faithfulness to change the world. But in their life time, they wouldn’t have seen the impact of their faithfulness. At times it may have seemed like their actions were in vain. So often in ministry we don’t get to see the ultimate pay off of our efforts. We don’t know the full extent of what happens when we’re faithful
My mother came to faith while living in Singapore. A co-worker invited her to Bible study, and through their conversations she put her faith in Jesus. Because of that conversation she started my families spiritual legacy. My legacy is a continuation of her legacy. All the people I influence trace back to their conversations. It’s possible she has no idea how broad her spiritual legacy is.
When we’re faithful in small things, God does big things
…and we don’t always see the results!