I have no interest in giving you a chatty account of my adventures, only the wondrously powerful and transformingly present words and deeds of Christ in me that triggered a believing response among the outsiders.
In such ways I have trailblazed a preaching of the Message of Jesus all the way from Jerusalem far into northwestern Greece.
This has all been pioneer work, bringing the Message only into those places where Jesus was not yet known and worshiped.
My text has been, Those who were never told of him - they'll see him! Those who've never heard of him - they'll get the message!
And that's why it has taken me so long to finally get around to coming to you.
But now that there is no more pioneering work to be done in these parts, and since I have looked forward to seeing you for many years,
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)