Romans 10:13-15, “13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! “
Last week our Youth Group at Church went to our annual camp called, “Merge”. Merge is a camp where youth-camp and missions merge together into one huge week long ministry. This was the third year our youth have had the opportunity to go, and every year just gets better.
Our mission site for the last year has been a trailer park that is in a rural area away from the city, and sort of just by itself surrounded by fields. There’s not a lot around it, but within the park itself there are many families that are blooming with children all around.
Our mission in 2013 and again this year in 2014 was to go into this area and have BYBC ( Backyard Bible Clubs ) during this week to minister to the children and their parents. Each day we played games, ate snacks, made crafts, and most importantly shared the Good News of the Gospel with those we came in contact with. It was a huge blessing to have this opportunity!
As we went out each day to our mission site I was reminded of these verses in Romans 10. First, we see the huge PROMISE that comes to us in Scripture. The PROMISE is that “whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”. This has got to be the most exciting promise in all of Scripture, because it provides hope to every human being that ever walks this earth. Then Paul asks some very THOUGHT PROVOKING QUESTIONS. “How shall they call, how shall they believe, how shall they hear?” These questions show us just how important it is to GO and take the Gospel to those around us and those we must travel to. Paul answers his own questions when he says, “except they be sent”. This shows the necessity of PURPOSELY sending others out, and allowing yourself to be sent out too with PURPOSE. That purpose is to take the Good News out to people who are lost that they have the opportunity to hear the Word, believe on the Word, and be changed by the Word.
The reason we must ask those questions that Paul asked is because we see the awesome promise in Scripture that the Lord saves those who genuinely put their faith and trust in Jesus and what He did at Calvary for every individual in this world. The reason we must go with purpose is because there is a world full of lost people dying and going to hell, unless we accept the mandate of the Great Commission and go share God’s justice, mercy and grace with them that they might come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Are you a child of God? If so, this my friend is your responsibility too.