November 30

Written by Bill Grandi on November 30th, 2021

Romans 10 has always been one of my favorite chapters to read. It is an informative one, but also a challenging and convicting one.

Paul begins by saying his heart’s desire is for his kindred Jews to know Christ (v.1). In fact, I think you can include chapter 9 with that. In 9:1-5 Paul even says that he would be willing to be accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of his countrymen (v.3).

But while he is willing to sacrifice himself for others, and even though his heart’s desire is for their salvation, he knows they must hear and respond. Each person must hear and respond on their own (10:10,13).

I like how he lays out the progression in verses 14-15:

  • How will they call on Him on whom they have not believed?
  • How can they believe if they have not heard?
  • How can they hear without a preacher?
  • How can they preach unless they are sent?

And then his ending: “Faith come by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” (v.17). Faith/salvation does not happen in a vacuum. That speaks volumes as to why it is so important to get the message to others.

“Father, may I be used to get the message of Jesus to others so they can come to faith in You.”


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S says:

    This is becoming more of a challenge in today’s society, where a basic respect of Christianity is no longer the case. Where it seems the majority has a fundamental distaste for anything that resembles Christ or the values and standards He proclaims. However, we should not use that as an excuse. Paul and the other disciples faced extreme circumstances in regards to persecution, including death. For now, we might lose a friend, a job, or an opportunity…but for the most part, our lives are not necessarily at risk.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I agree Ryan. Today’s culture is proving to be more than challenging to followers of Christ. A lack of respect for values of righteousness make it difficult to sometimes even get a “hearing.” But, as you said, while we may lost small things, so far our life is not at risk. I’m wondering when that will all change.

  2. Absolutely, Bill! How can anyone act on God’s Word if they haven’t heard it? May we all be willing to spread the Gospel to those in need around us.