Romans 10:9-10 (New International Version, ©2011)
9 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. 10 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.
There is a problem these days that seems to be getting worse. Because of the bombardment of media seeking our attention, the "good news" of the Gospel never makes it to the many people that never hear what we have heard. In our nation today, many are on the verge of being lost for eternity because they do not hear the life giving message of salvation found only through Jesus Christ.
I heard a good bible study based on the verses above that really hit home for me. I learned that it takes more for us to be saved than to hear the word of God. It also takes more than just believing it in our hearts and minds. If we keep it to ourselves, it has little value. We need to confess, profess our faith to others around us, which means that we need to tell others about who Jesus Christ is, and what He has done for us. We need to speak out our faith.
Does this mean that we all need to become street preachers? I don't think we are all gifted that way, but what we do need to do is make sure that everyone that knows us, knows who we are is Jesus Christ; sinful men and woman, who have been redeemed, saved, through Christ's death for our sins. They also need to know that after three days, Jesus stepped out of the grave proving who He was, and He now is in Heaven at the right hand of His Father, acting as our advocate and waiting for us. Nothing short of that will do.
If we are to call ourselves Christians, followers of Jesus Christ, we need to be about the business of letting others know. Every person you encounter if they do not know the true Jesus is perishing around you. No matter how others may dilute that message, the facts are still there. The only hope there is for eternity with God is through our Savior Jesus, and everyone needs to be told. It is through that profession of your faith that you and others will be saved.
Photo from Pastor Jonathan Lewis's Blog, 6-11-2009