Reflect on the Gospel and Be Motivated
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10:13-15).
David Platt, in his book Radical, takes the above passage and pieces together the steps to salvation beginning in verse 15 and moving backwards in the passage. Those who preach are sent; those who hear do so from someone who preaches; those who believe do so from hearing; those who believe call on Him in whom they believe.
Three are involved in the spreading of the Gospel. God, who sends those who preach and regenerates those so they can believe; those who hear the Gospel and believe; and you or I who preach the Gospel. Platt asks the piercing question “Is there any place where this plan can break down?” The obvious answer is with you and me. God will not be deterred, and those He calls will certainly be saved. But you and I can be disobedient to the command to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19).
Are you freshly aware of the Gospel in your own life? Are you freshly aware of the wrath that awaits those around you who are not saved? Whether you and I are around neighbors, family or co-workers or are looking ahead to local Spanish ministry at GCV, we can all be reminded and motivated to obedience by reflecting on the Gospel in our own lives, the Gospel at work in those around us and a desire to bring glory to the One who saved us. We were wretched sinners destined for eternal wrath, but now children of God destined for eternal glory.