August 7

Romans 10:12-15

“And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” vs. 15

Paul knew that salvation was for all without distinction. Both Jews and Gentiles were loved by God and lived under the umbrella of grace. For him this was incredible good news, and his biggest lament was that so many simply didn’t know Jesus as Lord and Savior. He believed that such knowledge would bring both serenity in the present and hope for the future. And so he dedicated his life to proclaiming that good news to as many as he possibly could–this was his call and his mission. We live in an age where the passion for spreading the good news has largely disappeared. From our perspective it’s only religious kooks who will forsake all else for the sake of proclaiming the gospel. And since that’s our attitude, many feel no great need to share the good news of grace–their faith convictions remain a well-kept secret. Some would say that this reluctance presents a huge challenge to the future of Christianity. If passing on the story of Jesus falls out of fashion how will anyone come to know what a blessing a life of faith can be? Ultimately the message of grace could be lost entirely as humans are swallowed up by the spread of the ever-popular law-based religions. We can only pray that followers of Jesus will become as glad to share stories of faith as they are to recommend good Netflix series!

Thought for the Day: With whom have I shared the message of grace?

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