“Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.” These words of Paul, quoted from the prophet Joel, echo with clarity and finality through the centuries. If we call upon the Name of the Lord, we shall be saved.
Paul goes on to list what must first happen before we call– namely, we must believe in Him, which means we must first hear of Him. And how do we hear the Gospel, and the Name of the Savior upon Whom we must call to be saved?Paul asks, “How can they hear about Him, unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them, without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say ‘How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!'” Romans 10:14,15 NLT
God, Peter tells us, is not willing that any should perish. He wants all men to hear what His Son has done, to believe on Him, to call upon His Name and be saved. How many people He has sent to spread His Good News! Some have been great preachers like John Wesley, George Whitefield, Charles Spurgeon, D. L. Moody, or Billy Graham. Some have carried the Gospel to faraway lands, striven for years to learn the ways and words of the natives, and finally been able to tell them, in their own context, the message of Salvation.
And some are sent, quietly and personally, without fanfare, to bring the message to their neighbors by living a life shaped by the Gospel, by sharing a word just when it is needed. For God does not need only great preachers and missionaries; He sends perfectly ordinary people, who are sensitive and obedient to His leading, to spread the Good News that there is a Savior, and He will save those who call upon His Name.