“For ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’” Romans 10:13 (ESV)
This verse is a part of what is commonly identified as the “Romans Road” passage to salvation. There are several key points in verses 9-13 that are directly applicable to how one’s personal relationship with the Lord should be fashioned. For instance, in verse 9, the words “confess” and “believe” are external and internal responses to the same event. Salvation is an outward expression of an inward choice. Therefore, our relationship with the Lord must reflect the appropriate combination of outward and inward responses.
Do you struggle with sharing your faith with other people and letting others know about the saving name of Jesus? Or perhaps you might have a hard time carving out for your busy schedule time for personal devotion? Regardless of whichever of the two choices of expression come easiest to you, both are equally important.
Finally, remember that this verse will have the most impact on those that don’t already know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. So, live an inward and outward expression of your redemption that helps and encourages others to call on the name of the Lord!
Practical Application: As a challenge this week, push yourself out of your comfort zone to share the Gospel with someone who doesn’t know Jesus. Take an honest look at your personal relationship with Jesus and ask yourself whether or not it has the appropriate balance of internal and external expression.