Many stumbling blocks exist for people coming to Christ.One of them is the idea that God's grace is unable to save some because they are too sinful.
This stumbling block can exist in the mind of the person being confronted with the gospel. They may believe the words of the preacher couldn't possibly apply to them.
Not with their background. Not if you knew the whole story.
Maybe for others. Not for me.
This is false. God's grace is more amazing than we can fathom. It is the responsibility of Christians to declare the height, breadth, width, and depth of God's redeeming love in Christ. God is both able and willing to save all who will turn to Christ.
Another stumbling block may exist in the mind of the preacher. This occurs when the Christian restricts their preaching from certain people because of their own bias. This is why Jesus taught about the Good Samaritan. God's glorious gospel and offer of salvation should be freely offered to all.
Even those who persecute us. Even people who hate us. Even people we look down on or who make us uncomfortable, angry, or vote differently than we do.
Thanks be to God the Scriptures are clear:
that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, 'WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.' For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek [Gentile or non-Jew]; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for 'WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.' (Romans 10:9-13)
Who is it that can be saved from the wrath to come according to Scripture? The Scripture tells us that whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.
What is it that results in righteousness? Believing in your heart that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead.
What results in salvation? Confessing this amazing truth with your mouth. The Word declares that the same Lord is Lord of all, and whoever will call on Him shall not be disappointed.
A question for those of us who have believed: How is it that you came to know the truth? Was it by some special revelation? Doubtful. Someone declared the gospel to you so that, by the grace of God, you could turn to Christ and trust fully in Him. You had the opportunity to receive Christ because someone cared enough to tell you.
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!'" (Romans 10:14-15)
Jesus has commissioned His followers to go (see Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; and Acts 1:8). If you are a follower of Jesus, you have been sent. Will you obey this commission? Will you proclaim His excellencies and His gospel as you go? Will your feet be considered beautiful?
If you will preach, they will hear. If they hear, they can believe. If they believe, they will confess He is Lord and call on Him. And if they call on Him, they will be saved. This will all be to the praise of God's glorious grace.
Lord, I pray that my feet would be called beautiful by You as I try to be faithful in bringing Your good news to those who are far from You and perishing under Your just and holy wrath. Father, glorify Your Name by redeeming a people to Yourself from every tribe, tongue, nation, and people! For Your Name's sake, amen.