by Philip Layton
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved
- Is there anyone you know who needs to hear the gospel (vv 14, 15)?
- Is there any reason why you couldn’t be used by God to tell someone the good news?
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Going Deeper From 'Words of Life'
Romans 10 has always been a favourite ‘missionary’ chapter. Although many people no longer use the word missionary, the secular world is picking it up in writing ‘mission’ statements for their corporations, businesses and hospitals. They connote caring for others, bringing people dignity and respect. Striving for wholeness of character.
As The Salvation Army, we are one Army, with one message, having one mission – and that is to reach others for Christ. Facing frontier situations, right where we work and live.
In the previous chapter, Paul addresses the Jewish issue of many Israelites not being included in the Early Church. They were accusing God of failing to keep his promise to Abraham. But this was not true. The prophets themselves predicted that God’s grace would extend to the Gentiles. The Jews failed to see this.
Paul says his deepest longing is that all come to know Christ:
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved (v 1).
This would not happen by the efforts of the Jews themselves, but by their faith in Christ. All the Israelites had to do was believe. All anyone has to do is believe! Head knowledge, yes, but of more importance is heart knowledge.
Once this knowledge permeates our being, our desire should be to share this news with others.
‘Beautiful feet’ on a mission, bringing good news of Christ. Do we have beautiful feet? Feet that will go and share God’s love with co-workers, neighbours? May we each be at God’s disposal – witnessing to a world, a neighbourhood, a friend, in need of Christ.
As we wash our feet today, may we symbolically bless them – as we open ourselves to God’s leadings in being his witnesses.
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