Scripture: Romans 10:14-21
Observation: Paul begins by talking about the importance of spreading the message of Jesus – no one can call of the name of the Lord unless they’ve heard of his saving power. He quotes a verse from Isaiah to show how valuable messengers are who spread the Good News. He continues to argue that the people of Israel have heard the Good News and therefore have a choice – to believe in it and confess their faith in Jesus or to ignore it. He finishes by quoting another Scripture from Isaiah, which demonstrates that “people who were not looking for me” (the Gentiles) are now able to share in God’s promises.
Application: You know that feeling you get when you know a secret that you’re not really supposed to share with anyone? It’s bottled up inside of you, and you just want to let it out but know you’re not supposed to? One year, my dad took my sister and me Christmas shopping for my mom and took us to McDonald’s for dinner on said shopping trip. I remember I got this figurine from The Little Mermaid as my Happy Meal toy, and I was NOT allowed to show it to my mom or else she would ask where I got it, and then I’d likely spill all the secrets and Christmas would be ruined. (Or at least that’s what I thought in my six-year-old brain.)
Keeping a secret bottled inside is hard, isn’t it? Part of what I love about today’s passage is that Paul gives us permission to spill the beans and tell the world about Jesus Christ.
“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?” (verse 14)
I know about Jesus. You know about Jesus. But how can others hear about Jesus unless we tell them? Paul quotes part of a scripture from Isaiah in verse 15, but if you flip back in the Bible, here’s the full verse from Isaiah 52:7:
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the new that the God of Israel reigns!”
How beautiful are the feet of the messenger. Think about all the people in your life who are searching – searching for peace, solace, the ability to be rescued from everything that hurts them, discourages them, enslaves them. And then remember, you can be a messenger, the one who brings Good News, peace, and eternal salvation.
Don’t let knowing Jesus be a secret you keep bottled up. Share it with the world. Share it in a way that’s gentle when needed and challenging when required. Share it in a way that’s life-giving, encouraging, and pure. Share it in a way that’s simple and inviting.
Let’s be messengers this season.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for allowing me to hear about it and know you personally. I pray for confidence and wisdom to be a messenger, to share the Good News with others. I pray you’ll fill me with the words to spread the glory of your great name across everyone I meet.