We preach the gospel, so they might hear the good news.
“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 few of these who preach the good news!’”
Romans 10:13-15 (ESV)
Mission trips can sometimes be hard. Lack of sleep, early mornings, late nights and working all day can take a toll on you. Exhaustion and stress start to creep in and you wonder why you are doing this. Why would we give up days, weeks, months and sometimes years to go into places we are unfamiliar with, meet people whose language we don’t know and work?
These are the questions Paul is answering in this passage. We go because, if we don’t, people will never get the chance to call God “Father.” Paul takes salvation and backtracks it to the message brought by the feet of the messenger. If we reverse this passage, we can see the very reason we go when and where others will not. We are sent so we can preach the gospel. We preach the gospel, so they might hear the good news. In hearing the good news, they might believe and call upon him. When they call upon the name of the Lord, they will be saved.
This is why we go. This is why we give up our time, money, resources and comfort. We go so that, by our obedience to God, The Lord would save His people from their sins.
This week, go outside your comfort zone and tell someone about the gospel so they too may know God’s salvation!