From Start to Finish
by Matt Smith
Many of us at some point in our lives have spent at least a little bit of time on some type of an assembly line. During my college years, I worked for awhile for a printing company. This company employed hundreds of people who worked on different stages of an assembly line. Some oversaw the printing, some the cutting and stapling, while others worked with the stacking and storage of these printed materials. In our passage for consideration today, we see an “assembly-line” of sorts that culminates in someone calling upon the Lord for salvation.
Romans 10:13-15 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 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, 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!”
This passage starts with someone calling upon the Lord for salvation and then takes us back one step at a time for us to see how that moment calling was even made possible. Paul starts in verse 14 by asking how someone can call upon the Lord if he first doesn’t believe in Him in one’s heart. This truth is mentioned again in vs 10, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness”. These verses indicate that saving faith takes place in someone’s heart even before the expressing of that desire in the form of the words of a prayer.
Paul then asks how someone can believe in Christ if they have not heard of Him; which then leads to the next obvious question of how someone can hear without a preacher. Clearly, this “preacher” needs not be a pastor, but instead anyone who takes it upon themselves to share the gospel.
Next, this preacher needs to be sent, as we see in vs. 15. This sending could be in the sense of a church sending out missionaries or evangelists or it could be in the sense of God doing a work in someone’s life as to cause them to be an active witness, i.e. God doing the sending. This idea is mentioned in Matthew 9:38. “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest.”
This assembly line ends with high praise for those who are actively doing their part to spread the Gospel, symbolically the “beautiful feet” of those who are out preaching the gospel. May we be looking for opportunities to do just that this week!
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