A willing spirit is all you need to serve God in reaching the lost. Before you put your faith in Jesus for your salvation, you heard a message. That message was the Gospel, or Good News, that the forgiveness of sins and being able to stand before God blameless was freely available through putting your faith in Jesus and repenting of sin. Now that you are free in Christ, you want to share this with others. In fact, it is a requirement of believers to carry out the Great Commission of preaching the Gospel to the world (Mark 16:15).
In the book of Romans, Paul explains in verse 13 of chapter 10 how anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Then, Paul lays out a foundation of how people can learn that they can call on the name of Jesus and be saved (Romans 10:13). He poses it as a series of questions, which is presented here using text from the International Standard Version of the bible.
1. How, then, can people call on someone they have not believed?
2. [H]ow can they believe in someone they have not heard about?
3. [H]ow can they hear without someone preaching?
4. [H]ow can people preach unless they are sent?
Romans 10:17 in the NIV reads, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” The process is simple. Faith is to believe in and trust in something. If you want people to believe in the Gospel message that saved you and put your trust in Jesus, then they need to hear the message that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). People need to hear the message and see the example of the light of Christ shining in you, and they hear it through your preaching, or heralding, of the message.
It may come as a shock to some, but all believers are preachers, or heralds, of the Gospel message. Paul talks in Ephesians 4:11 about apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers as specific gifted callings in the church, but every believer in Jesus is under the Great Commission to take the Gospel with them wherever they go. This sort of “preaching” is everything from the example of the life you live to the words that come out of your mouth.
It seems that the fourth question implies a more formal carrying of the Gospel message to unreached people groups, and this is where training in the word of God and ministry can be very useful no matter what area you are called to serve in, whether it be in a local church or serving in cross cultural ministries in the 10/40 Window far from home.
If you want people to believe in something, they first have to hear about what it is you want them to believe in. They cannot believe in something never presented to them, and they will never have the opportunity to believe unless they hear a message. Are you ready and willing to be prepared to be sent to carry the message of Jesus to the lost? Paul uses a portion of Isaiah 52:7 at the end of Romans 10:15 (ISV) when he says, “How beautiful are those who bring the good news!”
Your willing spirit to learn the Word and become equipped to carry it wherever you go can open up myriad doors of opportunity for you to live out the calling God has on your life to serve him. The responsibility of the Great Commission is yours, and you can become prepared to carry it out. Even Paul appears to have undergone a preparation carried out by the Lord for Paul’s mission during the time he went to Arabia, mentioned in Galatians 1. Without Paul, half the New Testament books would not exist and an innumerable amount of people would have never heard the Gospel. All this was accomplished from one who called himself the chief of all sinners (1 Timothy 1:15)!