As Scripture says, ‘Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.’ For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ 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? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’
Romans 10:11-15 (NIV)
Read: Romans 10
Consider: In Romans 10:11-15 Paul confronts the members of the Roman church with a series of questions which lead from someone calling on the name of the Lord through a logical progression to someone being sent to preach the good news of the gospel. The words Paul uses are ‘call’, ‘believe’, ‘hear’, ‘preach’ and ‘sent’. Paul’s logic is impeccable. He starts with the believer and ends with the preacher. The desire to win souls should be the starting point for anyone wishing to get involved in Christian ministry.
Although Paul poses the questions, he doesn’t expect any answers. However, he does want his listeners to see that while Christian ministry is important, it is only one of a number of steps in a person coming to believe in Christ. Preaching is therefore not an end in itself; its primary aim is to introduce people to Jesus.
Do you have a real concern for the lost? Of course, not everyone is called into full-time Christian ministry and many share their faith while in secular employment.
Perhaps God has been speaking to you about going into full-time Christian ministry and you have been resisting. What is your reaction to what Paul has been saying? Do you see your ultimate goal is to be a preacher or a winner of souls?
Pray: Father, whatever the sphere of work might be to which you have called us, may we faithfully serve you there. Help us to share the good news of the gospel with gentleness and thoughtfulness . For those seeking to enter full-time ministry may their motivation be to win souls and not to make a name for themselves. Amen