How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!”
However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
What I also read, which was the verse of the day on Biblegateway, had to do with a passage in Luke, something we have probably all read but do not put much emphasis on. The very hairs of your head are all numbered. Even in this little tidbit is a necessity to exercise belief. To believe that the Father puts even that much emphasis on each person is astounding! We are the image bearers of God. Adam onward. Is it any wonder that Satan wants the world to worship him? We are what's most important to the Father! If he cannot have our worship, Satan will seek to destroy that which God deems as valuable. From murdering babies to destroying the lives of those who live, to prevent as many as possible from attaining Salvation, or making those who have believed miserable.
Believing in Christ does indeed put a target on your life. However at every turn, Jesus is willing to take a bullet for each one who relies on Him. We are never alone.
There's been much emphasis lately on forsaking the assembly concerning the Church. Challenging belief in what constitutes the Church. The early Church and the definition of forsaking the assembly fit the situation. That passage does not fit the modern definition of Church. In the early days of the Church they met in homes. Not big buildings. They assembled in homes to discuss and learn about the Word of God. Association was necessary in that context. Fellowship was welcomed in that context. Accountability was certainly necessary and possible in that context. There was no bulletin to print or follow. No outline to pass out. Nothing but believers enjoying being together to learn more about a life in Christ. Belief was at the core.
It's interesting to me that for decades many Churches have cried out for revivals. Citing the early Church experiences and examples. This virus hits and the answer to that prayer has happened. Just that it's not being seen for what it is. God is bringing Church back into the home, where it began. Where accountability is possible. Where disruption is minimal.
Believing means accepting what the Spirit says to the Churches. How often had the Lord brought the people of Israel back to the foundation of things in order ti move forward?
Perhaps, rather than attempting to cite Government overreach in regards to meeting in big buildings, we take advantage of the situation and start making Church happen where it began?
God allowed this virus to happen. It has certainly had an impact on the Spiritual world and physical world. What things in this life that we just 'accepted' as being part of life were not useful in the work of God that are no longer happening?
Jesus said He came to seek and save the lost. His Great Commission was along those lines for the first believers. It was to be continually passed down throughout the ages until that last person who would be saved prior to the Rapture is saved. People have come to Christ due to belief in what God has shown them.
Those who have believed have, just as Scripture has said, by no means have been disappointed.
Jesus said our belief must be like that of a child. Just pure belief. Unhindered by doubts. Adults overthink everything.
Where are you today in life? In what are you believing? Because either you are safe in Christ because of belief or you are not because of belief. Those who are not are never going to find the peace of God. They will find the judgment of God.
Jesus knows what's best for each who comes to Christ. He has our wellbeing always in mind. Faith and belief go hand in hand.
Where are you today in your belief?