Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. Romans 10:17 NIV
As a kid, my family used to play games; Monopoly, Sorry, Checkers, Parcheesi, and of course, Dominoes. In addition to playing the dominoes game, we would stack them up on their short end in a line and watch the ripple effect of touching that first domino. Some fifty years later, I still enjoy watching that happen, and hearing the clack, clack, clack down to the last.
We see this same thing happen in our lives—the chain reaction of cause and effect. Our action leads to a result which leads to another act; on and on it goes. Of course, this can be both good and bad, depending on our choices. If we make the right choice, the likelihood is something good will follow. Sadly, the reverse is also true.
The Apostle Paul talks about a spiritual sequence. To experience faith, we must hear the message. It is impossible to have confidence in something without first knowing. For example, you could not believe a car could take you to where you need to go without first knowing what a car can do. This text's implicit invitation is to share the Good News of Christ's message with the world. Just as someone shared this news with us, we, in turn, must share with others, who will also share with others, and so on, causing a ripple effect of the gospel. Each of us must touch that lead domino to start the chain reaction.
Precious and loving God, we give thanks for the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are grateful for the faith that follows in hearing and accepting. We hear the invitation to witness and share this message with others. Lord, help us start the positive chain reaction of your love and grace in today's world. May all our actions be for your glory. We pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.