The Heart of God – Part 2
“Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” (Romans 10:17 NIV)
God’s heart is that everyone would find him. No wonder the angels rejoice when a lost sinner repents (Luke 15:10)! Yet God is not asking the angels to share the gospel. He wants us — every single Christian — to do it. That means every minister, every deacon, every choir member, every sound person, every musician, every Sunday school teacher, every believer! The Bible says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” (Romans 10:13-15)
You might say, “What a responsibility we have as believers!” Yes, it’s true; but notice the promise that Jesus gives us along with his command to “go and make disciples of all nations.” He said, “… And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20). Not only does the gospel message have power in and of itself as we share it (Romans 1:16); but we also have the promise that the Lord himself will be with us as we proclaim it. Moreover, we have the assurance of God’s power working in and through us as we are his witnesses in the place where we live and even to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). When is the promise fulfilled that Jesus will be with us and help us? When we fulfill what he told us to do.
Read Romans 10:9-17.