April 09, 2019

Response Needed!

Romans 10:16-21

Did they not hear? Of course they did: “Their voice has gone out into all the earth. . .”

—  Romans 10:18

Once in a while my wife asks, “Didn’t you hear me?” As an aging retiree, I could probably use an excuse about hearing loss. But that’s not the kind of hearing Paul is talking about.

In our verse for today, Paul is quoting Psalm 19, which speaks of the heavens declaring God’s glory. But, as we know, not everyone pays attention to that message. The same happens when messengers bring the good news of God’s salvation. People don’t always listen. So it’s not just a matter of hearing. Paul puts it plainly: “Did they not hear? Of course they did.” It’s a matter of paying attention and responding!

We must understand there’s a “Twofold Response to the Gospel,” as the Canons of Dort put it. People respond with belief and acceptance, or they refuse to believe. Those who accept the gospel and embrace Jesus as Savior in true faith respond with genuine worship, grateful living, and a sure hope for eternal life. It’s humbling and important to realize this truth: “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

The gift of true faith leads to praise and worship. Will you worship the Lord and Savior today?

Lord, forgive us when we fail to respond in worship, giving thanks for your gifts of life and love. Lead us to recognize you and to see the signs of your love everywhere. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the author — George Vink

Pastor George Vink has served as a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church for more than 30 years in British Columbia, Montana, Michigan, and California. He and his wife, Shirley, have four married sons and nine grandchildren.

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