2. How Can They Hear - Romans 10:14-15
Talking about people coming to the Lord, Paul says how can they call on someone whom they have not believed? If you don’t know who a person is, how can you believe in them, much less, call on them? Then Paul says, how can you believe in someone of whom you have never heard? Well the answer is, you can’t! So, Paul follows up on that question by saying, that someone needs to be preaching to them so they can hear the message of Christ. How can they hear? You and I have to tell them! He uses this phrase, “preaching to them.” In essence, it can be preaching formally by a preacher or missionary or full-time servant of God, but it could mean that you as a Christian could declare the Gospel or tell them or proclaim to someone the truth about Jesus Christ so they can hear! The whole thought here is that someone needs to tell those who have not heard and do not know who Jesus is and what He has done for them.
How will those around you know about Jesus unless you tell them? Your family and neighbors and people you work with or spend other time with, are those to whom you need to declare the Gospel. If you don’t, who will? I think that is what Paul is saying here.
What will you do to plan to talk to your family and others about Jesus Christ and the truth of the Lord? Who is the person that you know for certain needs to hear the Gospel from you, tenderly and lovingly? Make a plan this week to see them.
I recently read about a man of 78 living entirely alone. He said that he was converted through the efforts of a very busy mother. One day he said, “I was sitting in a park when she, an utter stranger to me, felt compelled to speak to me about my soul’s welfare. She found me to be hungry for spiritual food. Afterward, I said to a friend, ‘I had known for a long time that Christianity was the right thing, only I needed someone to stir me up.’”
Is it possible that we are all so full of our own lives and what we are doing “for the Lord,” that we are forgetting the Lazarus at our gates? A man’s life ought to consist in leading others to Christ.”
Who will send you to share the Gospel? In reality Jesus sends you, but then the local church sends you and I, too. Those who go formally from a church to the field of ministry, like a missionary for the Southern Baptist Convention, are most likely sent from the denomination. Others who go into the pastorate or other types of “church positions,” are sent out from churches. When we ask you to go into the community and to your friends, you are being asked to go from the body of Christ, the church, to share the Gospel with the lost.
What authority do we have to send anyone out to tell about the Gospel? In reality each of us has been given the authority to go and share by the Lord Jesus Himself in Matthew 28:18-20,