10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on him will not be put to shame, 12 since there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord of all richly blesses all who call on him. 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. 14 How, then, can they call on him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about him? And how can they hear without a preacher? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news. 16 But not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed our message? 17 So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.
In the passage we just read, especially vs. 10, the Apostle Paul explains that believing and confessing go hand in hand. We may believe in Jesus in our own private thoughts, but it is quite a different thing to then confess that belief publicly. If you find yourself in that situation, let me encourage you to put your mouth where your heart is.
My wife Jeanna and I just celebrated 30 years of marriage (Yay!). Even though we have known and loved each other a very long time, I still remember when we first fell in love. I remember believing in my private thoughts that I loved her, but I had never confessed it—in words. I also remember a little bit of fear about doing that. “What if I tell her I love her, and she doesn’t feel the same way?” I thought. Finally, I came to the point where I told her how I felt on the inside, and I was so relieved that she felt the same way.
It’s kind of like that with our faith in Jesus. When I was a teenager, I believed in Jesus as the Son of God who came to earth to live a sinless life, die a substitutionary death on the cross for my sins, and graciously offer me salvation. But it was just my private thoughts—I hadn’t told anybody. Eventually, I realized that I wanted others to know what was on in the inside, so I confessed my faith through baptism. Before the pastor lowered me into the water, he asked me if I believed. I said “yes,” and I put my mouth where my heart was. I’ll never regret it.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- How about you? Are you a believer on the inside but you’ve never confessed it on the outside through baptism? If so, call the church or speak to someone today about being baptized. You’ll never regret it!
- Get a paper sack and crayons, markers, stickers…or anything else you’d like to use to decorate the sack.
- Next cut strips of paper…any size or color. Print simple acts of service (kindness) on each strip and place them in the sack. Guide your child to draw and do one of the actions each day.
While you are working on the activity and while you are doing the action, remind your child that God wants us to show love and kindness to everyone. John 13:34 says: Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you.”
- Work a puzzle together
- Open a door for someone
- Make cookies and take to a neighbor
- Take a prayer walk
- Gather and donate food to GraceWorks
- Set the table for dinner