Romans 10:17 (ESV): 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
In Romans 9-10, Paul speaks about his passion to see his fellow people, Jews, accept Christ as Lord and Savior. While Paul was appointed an apostle to the Gentiles, he had a deep love for his own people that ached because so many had rejected Jesus as Messiah.
Paul delved into the sovereignty and purposes of God, yet his conclusion was that everyone who believes in Jesus will be saved. But in order to believe, they must hear the good news. And hearing the good requires someone to proclaim it. And so faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Preaching a sermon, teaching a Bible study, or merely sharing the good news with a friend can be a challenging prospect.
Sometimes gospel proclaimers can veer to extremes: one may depart from a text never to return while another may get in the weeds of exposition and fail to make practical application.
We are all imperfect messengers. Rather than receiving a gospel presentation through the lenses of critique, our response should instead be to listen for the Holy Spirit’s voice speaking through his servant.
Yet in whatever capacity and method we seek to share the good news, our focus should be on sharing the Word of God. Faith comes through hearing God’s Word; therefore, our intention must be to share God’s message to the world!
Heavenly Father, help me to share your good news with someone today, knowing and trusting that faith comes through the hearing of your Word. Amen.