12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
The plain and simple implication of these verses is huge for understanding how you came to be saved from God’s wrath and power of sin in your life with the resulting blessing of eternal life and joy in God. It is huge for understanding how your children or parents or brothers and sisters or neighbors or colleagues or the unreached peoples of the world will be saved. The process of coming to faith and salvation is laid out here as nowhere else. There is a corporate sense of responsibility, as well as an individual sense of responsibility. The local church as a living and vibrant organization trains and equips people to share their faith in their everyday lives, provides weekly services and occasional events to bring your unsaved friends and family to so they can hear the gospel, and the church supports missionaries (through the generous giving of her people) who are planting churches and sharing the gospel all over the planet!
The Apostle Paul’s emphasis here is that God uses people—His people—YOU AND ME—to spread the good news of salvation. It is all about our willingness, intentionality, rejecting excuses, and praying and asking God for the passion and compassion to do exactly what these verses tell us to do. It is an obedience issue as well, because we are commanded and commissioned in several places in the New Testament to do exactly what these verses so clearly point out. Multitudes of believers throughout the world have testified to the fulfilling joy it is to see people come to Christ when we make ourselves available to this great task!
What are you (we) waiting for?