“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NLT
Mark 10:27 … with God all things are possible.
One day a man was watching his young son struggle with the zipper on his coat and thought “What if there were a zipper without teeth? How much easier that would make it for children to dress themselves.”. And thus the “zipper-less zipper” was born, or Velcro as we now call it.
Of course this isn’t exactly how Velcro came to be but it serves our purpose. And you can look it up of you really want to know the true story of the invention. Nevertheless, the invention of Velcro revolutionized many products: every thing from cables ties to medical devices use it now.
I believe that our Father knew how desperately we would need help to make it through this life. I think that is one of the reasons He gave us the Bible, to guide us along life’s path as He would have us to go.
Now, lets look at our own “what if” questions: What if we all went back to Scripture for our guidance? What if we all believed God’s Word to be just that: the Word of God? What if we all lived each moment by the precepts that Scripture teaches? What if we prayed in trusting faith like Jesus taught? What if… we could go on and on but I think you see where I’m going.
Do you know folks that you long to see saved? I do, plenty. What if we shared these truths with them? What if we let them see us living our faith, crying out in prayer, walking the walk Christ walked? Maybe, just maybe, we would see more folks saved, stronger disciples, greater fellowship and love. By doing these very things the early church, a relatively small group if folks, revolutionized the world. Maybe we could revolutionize some lives for Jesus.
My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom . . . ―1 Corinthians 2:4
In My Utmost for His Highest Oswald Chambers wrote:
“Paul was a scholar and an orator of the highest degree; he was not speaking here out of a deep sense of humility, but was saying that when he preached the gospel, he would veil the power of God if he impressed people with the excellency of his speech. Belief in Jesus is a miracle produced only by the effectiveness of redemption, not by impressive speech, nor by wooing and persuading, but only by the sheer unaided power of God. The creative power of redemption comes through the preaching of the gospel, but never because of the personality of the preacher.”
Preachers of old, along the lines of Whitefield, Spurgeon, and Wesley, some of the greatest of the past few centuries, took this very literally. Most often their sermons were written out word-for-word and delivered in a monotone voice. The results of what our generation would likely call boring presentation? Huge revivals with untold numbers being saved. Most assuredly the message not the messenger is what holds the key to salvation.