I wrote this essay last week as a school assignment. We had to choose a Bible verse and write what it meant to us and what commentators said about it. I hope it is a blessing to you!
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?
The fact that so many souls around the world have never heard about Jesus breaks my heart. The good news of salvation would be eagerly accepted in places that simply have not heard it. I do believe that if a person is truly seeking answers about God, he will find answers because God will reveal them. However, that fact is no reason for a Christian not to share the gospel, believing that God will save souls regardless of Christians’ efforts. A main method God uses to reach searching souls is sending a Christian to them. According to John Gill in his exposition of the Bible, “God can, and sometimes does work by other means, and even without any, yet his usual way and method is, to bring men to faith and repentance by the hearing of the word.” How, indeed, shall they hear without a preacher?
Conversely, this scripture does not mean that Christians need to be constantly shouting to those around them that they are facing hell. It does mean that Christians need compassion for the souls of those surrounding them and must share the gospel like Jesus did: with wisdom, mercy, truth, and love. Souls everywhere are crying for meaning in life, someone to love them, and peace to rest in. If they found Jesus, they would find those things in him; sadly, many souls never find Jesus and go to hell because Christians don’t share the good news. Expositor’s Greek Testament says, “Every one who invokes the name of the Lord shall be saved, and therefore the conditions of such invocation must be put within reach of every one.”
May Romans 10:14 provide us an urgency to share the source of our joy. The whole world needs to hear of Jesus, believe in Jesus, and call on Jesus. I pray they will hear from God through me.