Briefing: How do you feel when you see a police car in your rear view mirror; the lights are flashing and you know you were speeding? Getting this kind of bad news is not fun. Now imagine you are only going to receive a warning in place of the punishment, via citation, you deserve. We all like good news.
Dispatch (Assignment): Read Romans 10:14-21.
On the Street: God’s desire is that all people come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. He wants all of His people with Him in heaven.
Paul brings up a very good question. How can God’s people know about Jesus if there is no one to tell them? We are the people called by God to share the news about Jesus, His crucifixion and resurrection. This is the good news. Luke 2:10-11 says, “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you: He is Christ the Lord.” In Mark 1:15 Jesus said, “The time has come, He said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” Then, right before Jesus ascended to heaven He tells His disciples, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” – Mark 16:15. As Christians we are called to share the good news of Christ with others.
Romans 10:15 is a quote from Isaiah 52:7. It says, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” We have the opportunity to bring the best news anyone has ever heard! This news not only effects our life on this earth but it impacts eternity.
Paul goes on to explain that the Israelites rejected this good news. They were sent several messengers who shared this good news with them but they were stubborn and hard hearted.
We will encounter people who will reject us for sharing the good news. We cannot afford to focus on the rejection. 1 John 4:4 say, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” Don’t worry about the rejection, just be focused on the job at hand.
Investigational Resources: Isaiah 52:7, Romans 12:2.
Officer Safety Principle: The blessings you will receive for sharing the good news will far outweigh the rejection you will face.
from The Book of Romans Through the Eyes of a Cop
©by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.
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