The guys in my small group and I are reading through one chapter of Romans a week. This week we’re on chapter 10. It really is hitting me that Paul ties our faith to our talk. Over and over he discusses how if we believe in Jesus, we will talk about Jesus. It’s assumed. It’s part of the DNA of faith to talk about what you are basing your life on.
So, obviously, I wonder, what about us? What does that say about us? I mean, check out these verses:
“The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
Or what about these:
” 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!”
I mean, seriously, why do we think that I can have a faith that’s “private”? Is that even possible? I’m not all up on the soapbox trying to beat anyone down. I am just wondering. If we believe, can we really be silent? Or if we are always silent, do we really believe? I’m not sure.
I’d love to hear your thoughts.