For some reason, God chose to let us be part of his divine plan of redeeming sinners. Without the preaching of the Word of God, people won’t hear, and if they don’t hear, then they won’t believe and then they won’t call upon the name of the Lord (Romans 10:14-15).
Now this isn’t just talking about the formal preaching setting in a church worship service. The word kerusso that is used in Romans 10:15 means to preach, herald, or proclaim. Anyone who has been saved by Christ has the responsibility to proclaim that Good News to others.
You are a herald in your home;
a herald in your workplace;
a herald to your family;
a herald in a classroom at church;
a herald when you are at the store;
All of us are preachers in the sense that we are to herald the Good News.
Romans 10:15 asks how someone will preach unless they’ve been sent. I want you to know that if you are saved by Jesus Christ, then God himself has sent you to proclaim the Good News. This is how it has always been:
- It was the Lord who directed the feet and mouth of Moses and Old Testament prophets as they heralded God’s Word.
- It was the Holy Spirit who came upon Old Testament followers of God to empower them for a mighty work.
- It was Jesus himself who called the original 12 disciples and taught them.
- It was Jesus who told us that He has all authority in heaven and earth and then sent them out to teach all the nations everything he taught them.
- It was Jesus who promised that the Holy Spirit would empower the believers to forever be empowered for the work of evangelism.
- It was the Holy Spirit who came down on that day of Pentecost and indwelled and empowered every believer.
- It is the Holy Spirit who will give you the words to say (Acts 2:15).
So yes, God sends us to proclaim the Good News of salvation to a lost and dying world.
So why are we often so silent?
What needs to change in your life so that you are actively fulfilling Romans 10:15?
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