(We were blessed to have Dr. B. J. Pruitt with us for the weekend. He is the Apostolic covering for our church and my pastor personally. I wanted to highlight a few things that were said over the weekend in this week’s blog. You will be able to download the messages from our website, www.livingwordgreene.com, shortly.)
Romans 10:14-15 ( NKJV )
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? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
In our study this week we have been talking about different aspects of faith in God. Yesterday we looked at “God pleasing” faith. To finish this week I want to look at the real point of our faith life. God has revealed in His word that we can live by faith. We can receive our needs met by faith. Everything we do, we do by our faith connection to God. In the end however our faith must produce children of faith for the Kingdom of God.
In this scripture we are asked a question. How can the world come to know God if they have not believed? The point of faith is connection and relationship with God. Sometimes I think we expect the world to come to church, be morally responsible and promote biblical principles without knowing God. This is impossible. The people who are not saved do not have that capacity. They may have heard about Jesus. They may believe in God as a concept, but until they meet Him they cannot understand the things of God.
The next part of the question is this. How will they ever believe on Him if they never hear that He can be believed in and known. Someone needs to tell them about this God. The people who can do that are the ones who already know him. I can tell you about my wife. I can bring you to her and introduce you to her. This is possible because I know her. I know all about her. I have relationship with her. Therefore I can tell you about her.
Someone must introduce the people in the world to Jesus in order for them to believe and be changed. Someone must preach the Gospel. That someone is you. You may say, “I have not been sent to preach. I am not a preacher.” The truth is that because you do have faith and with faith, relationship to God, you have been sent. That faith is what sends you. The word of God sends you in the great commission. (Matt 28:18-19)
The 17th verse of Romans 10 tells us that faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of God. God has given us his word so we can believe him. He has given us promises that are “yes and Amen” in our relationship with Jesus. But this verse is connected to the ones above. The end result of our faith must be that we begin to tell others about Jesus so they can also come to this faith. That is the only way the world can change.
As we receive this word faith will also rise in our hearts to preach the gospel to every creature. God does not ask us to do this in our own strength. Mark 16 tells us that the Holy Spirit will work with us confirming the Word with signs following. However if we do not receive God’s commission to extend our faith to those in the world, something will always be lacking in our walk of faith. Go today. You have been sent to preach this wonderful faith in our wonderful God to a world that has no other hope.