Faith comes from hearing.
11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
16 But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, “Lord, who has believed our message?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
Anyone who trusts in God will never be disgraced.
I once had someone ask if I really believed that God exists. I said there’s no doubt in my heart that He exists. This person replied that at the end of life, if He does not exist, I will look pretty silly. I replied that I’d rather take my chances on looking silly instead of coming to the end of life and discovering that He is real and that I didn’t believe. My hope is that I planted a seed in that person’s heart. Plus I know that I will never look silly because God’s Word says so in the first verse above! Anyone who trusts in God will never be disgraced. Peter further confirms what Paul is saying:
As the Scriptures say,
“I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem, chosen for great honor, and anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”
7 Yes, you who trust him recognize the honor God has given him. But for those who reject him, “The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.”
1 Peter 2:6-7
Jesus can either be our Cornerstone or our Stumbling Block.
There is One God and He is the same for all of us. We all have the same Lord and He gives generously to all who call on Him. In this age of grace, there is no difference between Jew and Gentile. God is calling to each of us to believe in Him. For everyone who calls on His name will be saved! Do you see this wonderful promise in Romans 10:13 above? It is a promise that needs to be highlighted, underlined and circled in our Bibles. It is Truth! This is Jesus.
Reading on in this tenth chapter of Romans, we see that God puts sharing this Good News back on us. He readies hearts and opens doors allowing us to share but ultimately it is up to us. God has always desired to partner with us in sharing His goodness.
And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
2 Corinthians 5:18-20
We are Christ’s ambassadors.
The definition of ambassador is “an accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country.” Let’s paraphrase this to fit what Paul means in verse 20 above. We are accredited disciples sent by Heaven as its official representatives to earth. God not only wants us to share but He expects it from us. As we go out and share Jesus with others, we need to be mindful that it is not our job to make a person accept Him. We simply need to share Jesus and God will work in that person’s heart. Let’s look at this in Acts:
One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth, who worshiped God. As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying.
This is a perfect look at how God co-labors with us.
Paul shared the message and the Lord partnered with Paul’s words and opened Lydia’s heart to receive. In Romans 10:15, we see further instruction in our co-laboring with God. He has to send us. It’s important to listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit when we are sent. He will open doors for us and close doors for us as well. In Acts 16, we see that He closed doors for Paul and Silas and prevented them from preaching in Asia. He speaks the same to us today.
Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time.
Not everyone believed after hearing Paul and the others shared Jesus.
And not everyone will believe when we share Him either. We cannot get caught in a personal battle of wills. If we do, it will keep us from sharing with others who will receive. We plant the seed and another will water and harvest it.
So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
How do people hear? When we speak.
Faith comes from hearing. We can either allow people who are not believers to speak to our friends and family or we can speak to our friends and family. Untruth or truth? It’s our choice.
Stay in the Light and the Love Always,