In Romans 15:17-22 the Apostle Paul talks about his commitment to those outside the Jewish faith – the Gentiles.
We see that his heart was “to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation”. Earlier in the book of Romans we that Paul refers to himself as the “apostle to the Gentiles” (Romans 11:13).
Paul’s first focus was those outside the faith. His heart was to bring them to Christ and then plant them in a church. Once it was settled, he moved on to continue his work. Then in time he would either write to them or come back to encourage them in their faith.
Paul’s methods really are a great example for us today. He loved visiting and equipping churches, but his main focus was to those outside. I think we need more people to follow Paul’s example today. Perhaps it might be you?