What happens when we separate things that go together? Imagine peanut butter w/ no jelly, imagine bread w/ no butter, cookies w/ no milk. that doesn’t sound right…. there are even some things that we only make in pairs: pairs of socks, pairs of gloves, or even pairs of scissors. That are things that just go together and cannot function any other way.
In Rom 1:5, Paul makes one of those connections. He writes about what God offers thru the Gospel: Grace and Apostleship.
Apostles are those sent on a mission with authoritative. In the New Testament Jesus commission the disciples as apostles (Mat 28:18-20) right before ascending back to heaven.
Is that commission just for the 11 disciples and Paul? If so, why did Paul affirm we received from God not only Grace but also Apostleship? Paul himself gives us a hint:
On Rom 10:11 he affirms the gospel message that “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”, whic begs the following questions:
- How can they call on the one they have not believed in?
- How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?
- How can they hear without someone preaching to them?
- How can anyone preach unless they are sent?
Grace and Apostleship give us a Life Mission: We are saved by Grace BUT we are saved to be SENT. We are saved to preach, so they may hear, and they may believe, and they may call on the name of the Lord and be saved.
How beautiful are the feet of those who take the steps to respond to God’s call! WE ARE SAVED TO BE SENT… not necessarily to Africa on a mission trip, but to preach the Gospel DAILY as we extend the GRACE we received from God to others.
Grace and Mission must go together… we must use our feet to get to those in need… in our family, in our neighborhood, at work, at school…
A through hiker would use 7-10 boots to hike the 2,650 miles of PCT. How many boots have you worn out in your Christian walk to reach others?