Title: How Will They Know?
Read: Romans 10:14-21
For the majority of my life, my parents have been missionaries. I am from the Philippines, but my parents moved our family to another part of Southeast Asia where we lived for about 10 years. After that, my parents felt called by God to move to Taiwan.
At this point in my life, I was 14, and going through the typical struggles of trying to find myself, figuring out who I am. At the same time, I was being uprooted again. If you’ve ever moved in your life, you understand what I mean. It was harder this time because I was older, and at such an awkward stage of my life. I was doing my best to not only fit in with a whole new school, but also in a new country, and in a culture I’d never been exposed to.
I was upset and confused, and I kept asking myself why my parents were doing this to me. Why would they “ruin” my life by moving me to a country where we knew no one, and didn’t even know the language?
This passage in Romans 10 was my answer all along, “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written in Romans 10:15, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’”
“They” refers to non-Christians or people who have never heard of the gospel. God doesn’t call us all to move to a different country to help spread God’s Word. But, God does call each and every believer to share the gospel. That can be as easy as inviting your friends to church, or opening up about your personal testimony.
Verse 17 says, “…faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” How else do we expect people to understand Christ’s sacrifice if we aren’t open to sharing it with them? It’s easy to be scared about what people could say about the fact that you’re a Christian, but just think about what will happen in the end, and what they’d say when they realize you never spoke out. Don’t wait until it’s too late, share the good news God has for everyone.
Have you ever shared the gospel? Or, have you ever invited anyone to church? This week, challenge yourself to reach out to someone you know who isn’t a believer and invite them to church. Who knows what God will do through that simple act!