Romans 10:14-15, “”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? 15 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 like this verse – if you look at it backwards you would have: “How can anyone preach unless they are sent [to the lost]? How can [the lost] hear without someone preaching to them? How can [the lost] believe in the one of whom they have not heard? How can [the lost] call on the one they have not believed in?”
I know that most people think that they are good. They haven’t done anything particularly bad, lately. They’re as honest as they can be without hurting other people’s feelings and doing whatever it takes to get by. The thing of it is that even the world’s best philanthropist or most caring political figure can’t do enough good to earn their way into Heaven – none of us can. Our salvation depends upon us calling upon the Lord for salvation, having heard about the Lord from somebody preaching to us, and somebody being sent to preach to us.
We see this situation played out in the Book of Acts, where in chapters 10 and 11 the Lord tells Cornelius to send for Simon Peter and He sends Simon Peter to speak to Cornelius. Cornelius already loved God – but he needed to hear the truth in order to be saved. I think there are lots of us out there that are pretty much in the same boat – we love God, but we don’t know the truth that leads to salvation. It’s time to send for a preacher.