How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
As a Christian, a child of the most high God, you have received eternal life with Him. This eternal life does not begin once you reach heaven, it begins the moment you call upon the name of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” As a believer, you are even now experiencing a new life, a life that you will live for all eternity under the glory of Christ. You now have the comfort of knowing that you are held in the Master’s hands and nothing can snatch you from His presence.
Tragically, this is not the case for millions of souls. People you and I see each and every day are living a life enslaved to sin. This sin will one day lead them to an eternity in Hell. Without the saving grace that we have accepted as a free gift from God no one can escape this Biblical truth. Referring not to a physical death, but to a spiritual death, forever separated from God, Romans 6:23 proclaims, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” As you were once ignorant of this grace, the only way the lost will ever know of the gift Christ provided for us, by dying on the cross, is if someone explains it to them. This is what passionately inspires Paul to write, “How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not heard?”
To those that have a personal relationship with Christ, this is our duty. We are commanded by Christ Himself to spread His message of salvation to all we know. Matthew 28:19 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” The word “go”, as Jesus spoke it, carries the understanding of “as you go”. This means that we are to daily “make disciples” as we go about our normal business. “How will they believe in Him who they have not heard?” It is our duty to express the salvation of Christ to everyone we meet. This is to be made known through our words and our actions. Not only must you tell others of what Jesus did for them on the cross, but you must also be an example of Jesus in your actions. What good is it to confess Christ with your lips, yet deny Him with your lifestyle? It is no good at all. The Bible describes Christians who act like this as stumbling blocks to the unbeliever. In a message to the church of Laodicea, Revelation 3:16 graphically describes Jesus’ feelings towards “luke-warm” Christians. He says, “So because you are luke-warm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.”
Reading the Word of God makes it abundantly clear that we are to spread the message of God’s salvation to the whole world, beginning with those you know best.
I pray that you would not forget the grace that has been shown to you. I pray that you would never fail to remember the first moment Christ’s salvation was explained to you. This must be our passion and our reason for living: to spread the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to those who don’t know.