What I Read Today;
Romans 10; Matthew 10; Isaiah 10; Job 10; Joshua 10; Genesis 10
Three things stand out as I read today’s readings.
First, Romans 10 verses 8-13, “But what does it say? “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” NRSV
Salvation is for everyone. Jesus holds out his hands to each of us and says come to me. We spend our lives worrying about what will happen to us when we die. But we don’t need to worry about such things. We have the hope of the Gospel that our Savior has given us rest from this worry.
Simply put, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ WILL BE SAVED.” It is a promise, and it will not be broken because we can not live up to some standard. Jesus lived up to the standard in our place.
Second, Romans 10 verses 14 through 16, “But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” But not all have obeyed the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” NRSV
We are the hands and feet of God. God intends to use each and every believer to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. He wants all of us to reach out to a lost and hurting world with the good news that Jesus has provided them salvation! Jesus is looking for a fleet of delivery persons to send out the good news to all of humanity.
Finally, Romans 10 verse 17, “So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.” NRSV
We need to use the Word of God as our tool to proclaim the Gospel message. It is the word of God that will break down the barriers, move us towards our goal of Godliness, and finally keep our spiritual life growing and active all our days on this earth.
Now the question is, will you be God’s delivery driver?