Living on Purpose Devotional - Week 3: Romans 10:13-15, Mark 16:15-16
Romans 10:13-15, Mark 16:15-16
Romans 10:13–15: “ 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!” (ESV)
Mark 16:15–16: “ And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.’” (ESV)
Read the passages and meditate on them.
How does one become a disciple? One becomes a disciple of Christ by calling on the name of the Lord and being saved. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and in doing so have incurred His wrath for their sins. They have stacked up guilt before the Most High. They have become enemies of God, and all that they have to do is call on the name of the Lord to be saved from that condemnation. They are walking in unbelief, and must repent, and call on the name of the Lord.
In order to hear about the grace of the Lord, our witness must include not only what He has done in our lives, but how He has accomplished that. By the power of the Gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation. Our witness must include the death of Jesus as a sacrifice of atonement, to save His people who respond to the call to repent and believe.
This call to proclaim the Gospel to those who are at enmity with God is accomplished through the preaching of the Gospel. Our witness is coupled with preaching of the very same Gospel which has saved us. We must be able to faithfully articulate the Gospel, while weaving in what the effect of the Gospel was on our hearts, lives, and minds. Proclaiming the Gospel takes work, and it takes practice, and the thing about practice, it takes failing sometimes. With those failings, we must trust the ways of the Lord, to use imperfect people, imperfectly sometimes, to accomplish His perfect will. Ours is preaching faithfully, not perfectly. In that imperfect preaching, speak of the perfect life, the heinous death, and the glorious resurrection of Jesus for His people.
The stakes are high. Are we convinced of those stakes? Living on purpose is living in such a way that we know there are many who we will encounter who are rightly under the condemnation of unbelief. We witness, proclaim, and call to repent and believe in what we have just proclaimed. Sometimes we will preach and not get the chance to call them to believe, but we must again trust the Lord that we have done our part. We have planted the seeds, someone else may water them, but we pray that our seeds will take root. The Lord is at work, and He will accomplish what only He can. We are a part of the Lord's means to save His people, and for that, our feet are beautiful as we bring the Good News of Jesus crucified for His people in order to bring them to God as a nation of priests.