Today we’re in Romans 10. Romans 9 reminded us that God is in charge of salvation. Romans 10 reminds us that God calls his people to take his salvation to the world.
In verses 1-3, Paul says that it is his “hearts desire” for his Jewish brothers to be saved. They need to know that we can be right with God apart from the Law through faith in Jesus. He knows that they, like all people on earth, need to receive the gift of God’s salvation.
In verses 9-13 Paul reminds us that the gospel is available to each of us if we will bow to king Jesus and trust him:
“because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.  For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him.  For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:9-13 ESV)
What wonderful news we have! A joyful announcement of salvation for all who will call on Christ. The question now is, how do we get God’s message, of God’s salvation, to people who haven’t heard it yet? Paul says: We take it to them!
“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, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”  But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”  So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:14-17 ESV)
This week is VBS for us at Arlington. It will be a busy week full of
bad excited kids, messes, and generally craziness. Why would we subject ourselves to such madness? Because they won’t hear if we don’t tell them. So with joy and excitement we want to show these kids what Christ’s love looks like and invite them to trust him and confess him as Lord.
Paul warns us, not all will obey the gospel. Not everyone will receive Christ, but some who hear will hear “the word of Christ” and turn to him in repentance and faith for salvation.
Questions for reflection:
What are doing to be apart of helping others hear the message of God’s salvation?
How do the chapters leading up to Romans 10 help you have passion for the mission of sharing the gospel? Does the knowledge of your own need for salvation and God’s great grace to you drive your passion to see others find peace with God through Jesus also?