“My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else.” – Romans 15:20
Paul saw the entire world as divided into two categories: where Christ was ‘named’ and where Christ was not yet named. Paul resolutely prioritized his efforts to labour where Christ was not named.
On the one hand he laboured to glorify God by revealing Christ to the nations – getting Christ ‘named.’ But his highest zeal, the very boast of his being, was in that which was to come back to God from the nations —
“Even so, I have been bold enough to write about some of these points, knowing that all you need is this reminder. For by God’s grace, I am a special messenger from Christ Jesus to you Gentiles. I bring you the Good News so that I might present you as an acceptable offering to God, made holy by the Holy Spirit. So I have reason to be enthusiastic about all Christ Jesus has done through me in my service to God.” – Romans 15:15-17
Paul laboured at great cost with a brilliant vision before him. It was something he knew was worth working and waiting for —
“Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 15:6