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? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of them who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!...So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. – Romans 10.14-15,17
The situation is pretty clear. There are vast numbers out there you have never exercised faith. They have never believed. They have never called on the Lord.
So what is the problem?
How can they call unless they have believed?
How can they believe unless they have heard?
How can they hear unless there is a preacher to tell them?
How can a preacher go unless he is sent?
The problem is that somebody has to go, they have to carry the message, folks have to hear, and they have to believe. Guess who gets to go?
Jesus has already said that just as He was sent out by the Father He sends out those who are truly His disciples. I love the picture that those who carry the gospel of peace and ‘glad tidings of good things’ have beautiful feet. The beauty comes in the message they carry.
What they do they have to hear? Faith comes by hearing…the word of God. It is not our great debate skills that are going to save men. It is not our reasoning. It is not our persuasive personalities. It is the word of God.
The fact that the Bible has gone out of vogue doesn’t change the fact that it is the only hope for salvation.
How are our feet? Are people hearing because we are carrying the gospel? Are we faithfully sharing?
Are they those around us who have not called because they have not believed because they have not heard because we have not gone?