I recently read through the book of Romans. I have read it several times, but for some reason this time was different. I think because I really took my time to actually “study” it rather than just read through it. In actuality this is how we ought to always read the bible, but I think many times we just go through the motions, and get our “daily reading” done, and we don’t give it the attention that we need to. This isn’t my point however, so I will move on….
Today, as I was going back over what I have been reading over the last couple of days something grabbed me. I don’t know why it did this time, and not 2 days ago when I first read it, but it did. It was in Romans Chapter 1, verse 14. “I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.” I read this and I was like, “Wow, why has that verse never jumped out at me before?” and “Why have I never heard this verse quoted?” There is something in that verse that I think we all can, and really need to learn something from.
You know, we all as Christians are under an obligation from our Lord Jesus Christ to go out and preach the Word. In Matthew 28, we have “The Great Commission”, where our Lord tells us to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations”. In Matthew 22, we have “The Great Commandment” to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart…and to LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” But have you ever noticed how it seems like many times we only share the Gospel, and the Word of God with those whom we feel comfortable with? You know in many churches, if a certain looking type of person came into that church, they would be frowned upon, and maybe even asked to leave? Sometimes it seems to me like we often only share the love of God with those whom we feel like deserve it. You may say, “Well that’s ridiculous!” But I’ve seen it. And you know what? I’ll bet there have been times when I’ve done it myself. I see a certain looking person, and I’ll think, “uh oh, here comes trouble.” Or something to that effect.
Why is this, do we think we are any better than they are? Do we think we deserve God’s love any more than them? I certainly hope not, because that isn’t what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches that none of us are good enough, but due to God’s grace and mercy we can be saved. The message of Christ, and God’s love is available to everyone. In Romans 10:13 it tells us “EVERYONE who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” It doesn’t say just some, or only those who deserve to be saved. It says everyone. But as it says in this same Chapter, “How are they to believe in Him whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” This is our obligation, to make sure that they do hear, and have an opportunity to believe.
We are obligated to show everyone the love and grace of Christ. Not just to those whom we feel deserve it, and not just to those whom we want to hear the Gospel, but to every living soul. God bless….