But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? – Romans 10:14, NLT
The world was like a giant soil. People need to hear the Good News of salvation. What is preventing us from sharing our faith? Is it fear of rejection? Do we feel that we are not qualified to do it? Are we afraid? Is going out into the community outside of our comfort zone?
The prophet Jeremiah had his own issues when he was met with ridicule, opposition from those who he was sent to speak to. He complained to God, whom he felt had misled Him but try as he did, the prophet could not keep the Word of God to himself. The prophet bewailed, “I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name. But His word was in my heart like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not” (Jeremiah 20:9).
Are we like Jonah who didn’t like the people God sent him to prophesy to? Are there certain people we don’t want to share the Gospel with because of prejudices or the past or a personal/cultural history between us? Isn’t God’s grace available to everyone? Who are we to determine who should or should not receive it? Didn’t we receive that same grace when we were yet sinners in that Jesus died for us?
When Jesus came, He reached out to everyone–the Jews, the Gentiles, the Samaritans. Shouldn’t we follow His example? Paul, who persecuted Christians, became a mighty servant of God. He was on fire, going to various places, preaching the Word he had once tried to suppress. Are you on fire for God? Is it hard for you to keep quiet when you see people in your community, workplace or wherever you are going about their business, not knowing that there is a God who loves them and that there is a Savior who died for them? Be like Jeremiah. Don’t hold back. Spread the news. Bring hope, joy and peace to those around you.