Our scripture this morning is Romans 10:14-17.
How are they to call on one they have not believed in? And how are they to believe in one they have not heard of? And how are they to hear without someone preaching to them? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How timely is the arrival of those who proclaim the good news.” But not all have obeyed the good news, for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” Consequently faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the preached word of Christ.
Paul presents a logical case for the Great Commission Jesus has given us to go and make disciples of all nations. As Christ’s brothers and sisters we are tasked to share His love with the world. We can’t truly love one another without ensuring they have heard the Good News.
This doesn’t mean forcing our faith on anyone, each must choose for themselves. I’m fond of the observation that Jesus didn’t run after the rich young ruler to “make” him believe, but likewise Jesus didn’t say “wait, I’ll change the rules for you” (Luke 18). Jesus has told us what is important and how to do it.
The Greatest Commandment and the Great Commission are inseparable. We can’t truly love one another without sharing the truth of Christ and we can’t tell people of His love without loving them as He did. Paul reminds us of our blessing and our duty, and we go in Christ’s name to love and share.
Heavenly Father, we are amazed that You call us to be part of Your eternal plan. Strengthen us in faith and send us to do Your will. Amen.