Faith Comes By Hearing
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” – Romans 10:14
When did you first believe in Jesus?
Michael was out at recess talking with some of the other kids. He told the other kids that he and his family were driving to Hawaii on vacation next summer.
“What? Are you stupid?” one of the kids replied, “You can’t drive to Hawaii. It’s an island.”
One of the teachers overheard what was being said and came over.
“No. Michael isn’t stupid.” She said. “He just didn’t know that you can’t drive to Hawaii.” She took out her phone and pulled up a map. “This is Hawaii, Michael. It’s way out in the ocean. Your family will probably be flying there. Does anyone know what ocean surrounds Hawaii?”
None of the kids spoke up.
“It’s the Pacific Ocean.” the teacher said. “None of you knew that until I told you, but now you know. Next time one of you doesn’t know something, how about someone takes the opportunity to share that information with that person rather than calling that person stupid.”
In our Bible passage for today, Paul asks the obvious question.
How are people supposed to believe the Gospel if they have never heard it?
“Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” – Romans 10:17.
What a wonderful day it was when you heard the message that Jesus died to save you and that, just as He rose again, you too shall rise to eternal life with Him. It was through the hearing of this message that the Holy Spirit worked in your heart to give you faith.
Tomorrow is Sunday and we have the great opportunity to gather together to hear God’s Word. Let’s not take that for granted.
The Great Privilege
We have this wonderful message, this treasure, and we get to share that message with others so they, too, can hear and believe! What a great privilege!
“As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’” – Romans 10:15
Who can you tell?
Thank You for sending someone to tell me about Jesus and creating faith in me through the hearing of Your Word. Thank You for all those You have sent to preach the Gospel throughout the world. Help me to also be one who shares Your Word with others so they may hear and believe.
In Christ’s Service,