As a multi-cultural society, we cannot assume that everyone has heard about Jesus. There are many cultures who know nothing about Jesus or only have partial truth about Him. We have the privilege of sharing the gospel with variety of people right around us!
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? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:14-15
The gospel is the Good News! Good News is not meant to be kept hidden, but it is meant to be proclaimed! The above passage tells us that the message of salvation and redemption needs to be preached. People need to hear the truth and have the opportunity to put their faith in Jesus!
What if we don’t tell others about Him!? Then they will not have the opportunity to hear the gospel, to believe it, and to call upon His name! Are you hoping someone else to do the work!?
The gospel is glad tidings of good things. God calls our feet beautiful when we are walking and preaching the gospel of peace to those around us. That means we need to be walking in the peace of God as well. We need to be deliberate in not allowing people to steal our peace or allow ourselves to get into carnality.
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Romans 10:1-4
The above passage reminds us that not everyone will believe the Good News. There are those who are zealous and religious but don’t have the full knowledge of the truth. As a result, they are still in works mentality, and they try to establish their righteousness through self-effort and good works. This is something that we also need to be aware of. While God has good works for us to do, we don’t need to do them to prove we are spiritual or committed.
Paul’s desire was for the Israelites to come to salvation, but he also saw many of them ignorant of the righteousness that God had established through Jesus. For those who are works-oriented, the gospel should be a big relief from the toil of “good” works. Our job is not to make people believe it, but to give them the opportunity to hear the Good News, so they can have the opportunity to respond to it.
Who is in your sphere of influence that needs to hear the gospel? Begin praying for them on a daily basis so that an effectual door opens for you to share the Good News with them. The sharing may come in small increments, but over time they can have the opportunity to hear God’s plan of salvation and His desire to establish His righteousness in their lives.