Both my adult sons drive small Nissan cars—different models but similar because of the same manufacturer and year. But one son’s car is a base model, zero frills; the other son’s car is fully loaded with every option.
But the base model car is outfitted to receive all the same perks as the fully loaded model. For example, on the dash and around the driver’s area, there are blank plastic punch-outs where switches go in the loaded one. The middle of the dash has a plastic inset and a traditional stereo where the touchscreen goes in the other. One has fog lights, the other has small round plastic caps where the fog lights go. The base model is outfitted for the perks; it just doesn’t have them.
Every human being, regardless of nationality, race, skin color, country of origin, people group, anyone, everywhere in the world comes out of the womb outfitted for a relationship with God. There’s a punch-out, so to speak, behind which lies a hole designed by the Creator to be where Christ resides.
These days, in our great divisiveness, we tend to see people through a lot of filters with the list growing daily. More than ever, we put various blockages in the way to simply see someone who needs Jesus.
My wife and I often watch our favorite Bible teacher, Pastor Robert Morris. This past week, we watched a message about the credibility of Christianity where he said: “Verses like John 14:6 don’t make Christianity exclusive but rather the most inclusive belief of all. Over and over, Scripture uses the words all, anyone, and those who call, and so on. Don’t get hung up on saying Jesus is the only way to Heaven. Get excited that there is a Way at all.”
Maybe that’s it—go back to the base model without the frills and bells we have placed on our faith and just be grateful and humbled that there is a Way at all. And those who are not in Christ are outfitted so that they can be.
For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”—Romans 10:13-15 NLT