Prayer: Gracious God, your Word teaches us about you and your Will, teach us today, in Christ. Amen.
The sharing business
14 But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed?
And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? Our devotion writer notes that like children, we sometimes worry too much about our neighbor’s conduct and forget to follow the rules ourselves. We tend to quote the Law and forget the gospel. Or to demand compliance and lose the grace.
Paul says in today’s text that we may like to direct salvation, but we are supposed to be sharing. We are not the ones who brought Jesus down from Heaven, or raised Him up from Hell. It is Jesus who saves. The good news is that all who believe in Jesus will be saved. We also know that we are called to share this good news and Paul asks how others are to be saved if they have not believed, and how are they to believe if they have not heard?
Our devotion writer then says; “How will they share the good news with others if they aren’t taught and sent? Here is where we come in. ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news’ (v. 15), and these beautiful feet belong to us!”
Prayer: “Lord Jesus, grant us feet made beautiful by eager steps to bring your good news to others. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Salvation Is for All
5 Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.” 6 But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say?
“The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart”
(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. 11 The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. 13 For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
14 But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? 15 And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”