For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
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? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Everyone? Paul’s words were as challenging to the Romans of the first century as they are to us today. I don’t know about you, but there are some ways of believing, living, and voting that are harder for me to accept than others. There are some people I fundamentally disagree with, and even dislike. So, Paul’s words make me uncomfortable and reveal that my heart leans toward the judgmental and stingy. But God’s heart is expansive and generous. And every person who has called on the name of the Lord and been saved, has been sent to extend God’s expansive, generous love to everyone. Everyone.
- When you think of yourself as being sent into your community, workplace, and world to extend God’s expansive, generous love, what fears, insecurities, or questions arise in you? Talk with a trusted friend or mentor about these fears, insecurities, or questions to gain some ideas about how you might overcome them.
- Who are the people you have a hard time loving? What makes it hard? What one step could you take to begin seeing whomever you identified with God’s expansive, generous heart and showing up for them in some way? (Maybe it’s praying a blessing over them daily; maybe it’s inviting them for coffee and asking to hear their story; maybe it’s serving them in a tangible way).
- What people group do you feel particularly called to share the gospel with during this season of your life? What is God’s invitation to you with respect to the people you identified?
God, thank you for saving and redeeming me. Thank you that every single person I encounter—everyone—is invited into your love and grace. They need only call on your name and you will save them. Thank you for sending me out to share this good news. Expand my heart and rid me of any fear or insecurity that holds me back or discourages me. Fill me with courage, the right words and spirit, and love. Guide my steps and use me to extend your invitation. Amen.