Paul became convinced that it was important for him to collect contributions from the churches he had established in Macedonia and Greece for the mother church in Jerusalem and to deliver those contributions in person (1 Corinthians 16:1–4; 2 Corinthians 8:1–15; Romans 15:25–27).

In his letter to the church at Rome, Paul indicates that after delivering this collection to Jerusalem he was anxious to fulfill his earlier intention to travel westward to Rome and on to Spain (Romans 1:13; 15:23–24, 28). Arrested in Jerusalem, he did eventually reach Rome, but in chains.