December 18 — The Process, Part 2
“And how can they believe if they have not heard the message? And how can they hear if the message is not proclaimed? And how can the message be proclaimed if the messengers are not sent out? As the scripture says, ‘How wonderful is the coming of the messengers who bring good news!’” (Romans 10:14-15 GNT)
Believing Comes From Hearing
Christians are people who accept the facts that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead. They go beyond intellectual acceptance of the facts to receiving rest, comfort, and strength from God based on the facts. They call out because they believe.
The next step in the reverse process of salvation is hearing. People believe because they hear the message. At some point in some way, God uses a believer to tell an unbeliever His message of life and salvation. The message is not proclaimed by angels. It is not a commercial on television. God does not post it on the Internet. A saved sinner tells a lost sinner.
Obviously, hearing takes place because the message is proclaimed.
And, finally, we’re back to where Isaiah was when he heard God ask, “Whom shall I send?” We believers stand before God who has cleansed us and forgiven us. We hear Him say, “Whom shall I send?” Isaiah could not help but say “Yes!” to God because of his gratitude. Our motivation should be the same.
A Willing Representative
I grew up in South Carolina, but I lived in Texas for twenty-four years before moving to Greenwood. A few years before coming back to South Carolina, my dad called me with a request. A longtime friend of his from Austin, Texas, had passed away. Because of the distance between Texas and South Carolina, my dad was not going to be able to attend the funeral. He asked I could go to the funeral in his place.
Even though Austin was three hours from where my family lived, I did not hesitate. After all that my dad has done for me, I couldn’t say “No.”. In fact, it would have been difficult for someone to stop me if they had tried.
During the funeral, I had the impulse to stand up and publicly announce, “I am here today representing J.N. McFadden who asked me to be here in his place.”
The Bottom Line
God says, “Whom shall I send across the world, or across the street, or across the room?” When we think of all He has done, how can we say anything but, “I’ll go!”