The rearview mirror of life (Romans 10)

17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17

Today marks the end of a journey for the seniors at Jackson Hight School in Jackson Ga.  This evening each graduate will hear their name called and they will walk across the platform and receive their diploma.  Suddenly twelve years of work will now be in the rearview mirror of life.  Their last action as a student will be complete.

As they look back, over the next few months, there will be many joys and maybe a few sorrows remembered.  As I look back to those days in my own life, I think, “What did I do that really counted?”

You may ask, “How does this relate to Romans 10?”  Paul’s great desire if for people to be saved (10:1).  He shares with his readers how this can happen (10:9-10).  And he shares with his readers about the importance of  fellow believers sharing their faith (10:14-17).

Notice the words of Vs: 17, “So faith comes…”  Literally we could say, “Faith comes to be as one hears and responds to the Word of God.”

This is where the rearview mirror comes to be in my life.  I look back to those days and realize, “I could have been so valuable to God in helping fellow students to have a faith that would have come to be if I had been actively sharing what I knew!”  When I look in the rearview mirror I am reminded to be intentional as I look into the windshield of the life around me and in front of me.

I realize people from all different age groups read this blog.  I want to take a moment to challenge each of you personally:

  • If you are a student at any age, I challenge you to understand you have been sent by God, Vs: 15, to your school with a purpose of being a light.  Be the light.
  • If you are a young adult, I challenge you to discover how to proclaim the Word (Vs: 14) where you are.  Ask God to open doors and ask God to give you boldness to walk through those doors.
  • If you are a middle age adult, I challenge you to become more intentional as you are now in a place where you can go to place where people have never heard.
  • If you are blessed to be a senior adult, I challenge you to remember the clock is ticking.  Soon you will be with the Lord.  I know you want others to be there as well.

Bottom line: Some day you and I will walk across the platform (threshold of death) and we will receive from our Lord our diploma (Crown of righteousness).  Oh that we would hear Him whisper, “Well done my child, welcome home.”  


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