“I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles. I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.”
Man plans, God laughs! A popular saying on the power ministry trip. Even Pauls plans didn’t come about, for it is the Lord who confirms or “prevents”. His purpose would be to obtain and inspect the fruit- but in sending this letter Paul fufills his apostleship with the Romans and generations to come as we are challenged to ‘bear fruit’.
Am I bearing fruit worthy of my calling?
Lord Jesus I will use the gifted men you have entrusted me.