So I was just reading Romans 10 again and verse 13 hit me:
‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Lots of times, as a Christian we don’t really dwell on that verse much, since we are already saved… our passport is stamped…. We got in!
But it continues to say this:
‘How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?' (v.14)
I have never considered myself much of an evangelist. In my King’s Kids days I felt the Lord really stretching me to evangelise, and I am so thankful for it, since it doesn’t come very natural to me to approach people out of the blue.
I realized though that I love talking about Jesus and how much He loves us, even to complete strangers! Also, it was exciting to see how much courage and confidence I experienced once I did step out.
But the reality of this part of the verse just struck me so deeply again:
'How then shall they call on him? …how shall they believe in Him….of whom they have not heard?'
How can they say yes, if there is no invitation? How can they call on Him if they don’t know He exists? How can they know the severity of the state they are in, the end that awaits them unless they will let Jesus intervene?
And do we, as Jesus’ followers realize the severity of eternity without Jesus is what they await…even if they have never heard, never had a chance to get the actual information?
How severe the injustice that thousands die without the knowledge of Jesus.
Today there are over 6.500 unreached people groups on the earth. Today roughly 66.000 people with no access to the gospel will perish into a Christ-less eternity, never once hearing that Jesus is the only way to the Father. That is around 500.000 people a week, and over 24 million people each year!
God has ordained that saving faith comes by hearing the word of Christ, because faith is a response to Christ.
If Christ is to be glorified in the mission of the church, He must be heard and known.
This happens only through the word. No prayer can replace it. Prayer surely can empower it.
Acts 4:31 says: ‘when they had prayed… they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness’.
I love how Hudson Taylor spoke of the great commission: ‘The great commission is not an option to be considered, it is a command to be obeyed’.
I feel challenged as I read these words, as I pray for the unreached, as I love my neighbors, as I teach my kids to be a blessing and pray for the nations, as I let the words of Romans 10 sink in I utter a prayer… God use my words….let me be the feet that bring good news...