Romans 10:14-15- “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”’ NKJV
I’ve been looking forward to writing this blog! As soon as I hit chapter 10, I knew that I would take this verse and share my heart regarding the men and women who preach and teach the gospel! Today, I’m talking about you!
Every single one of us is responsible to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Some of us will only share in our school, at our job, in our neighborhood, or in our family. But others of us will have a greater sphere of influence that will involve a local church, or many churches in a state, our nation, or world-wide. Wherever your feet are led to go, God looks from heaven and call them “beautiful”!
Paul asks some questions that are true on every level! How shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? Only one third of the world’s population profess to believing in Jesus! That is not enough! We have work to do in His kingdom!
How shall they call on Him in whom they have not heard? Can you truly believe that there is anyone in the world who has not heard the name of Jesus? With access to technology today, it doesn’t seem possible! But until the gospel has been preached in every corner of the world, that every individual has been given the opportunity to hear Jesus, we have to continue to see the value of sharing the gospel! Jesus said:
‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.Luke 14:23 NKJV
A commission He has given to every disciple, every believer. We are all responsible for carrying the gospel to others! But Paul wants to know how can they believe or hear without a preacher? How many sermons have I preached one-on-one? Countless! I didn’t have a key text, per se, and I didn’t have five points, but it was a sermon nevertheless. Many are confused into thinking that the only preachers are the ones with licenses and congregations, but we can all preach a sermon. Most of the great ones are preached with our lives!
And how can they preach unless they are sent? Hear the words of the Master:
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.Mark 16:15 NKJV
This is a scripture that is called the Great Commission. It has always been shared as the responsibility of the believer, not just the pastors and ministers. So, Jesus Himself sends us out to preach! Face it! You’ve been sent! I’ve been sent! It’s time to get going!
Paul said that your feet are beautiful! As you go around announcing to those in your sphere of influence, the message of the gospel, your feet are popping!
I remember that during one of our evangelistic efforts, we had a theme: Each one, reach one! The pastor sent all of us out to reach just one soul for the kingdom. Had we all done our assignment, we would have doubled in size. Maybe tripled. But enough of us are not responding to the clarion call to “go”!
I think it is important for every believer, world-wide, to realize that we have all been called to preach the gospel, just in different ways. As I stated before, some will preach to their family members, and their feet are beautiful! Then there are those who will preach on their jobs, gorgeous feet in action! And yet there are many who will preach wherever their feet take them, dazzling feet! But our feet must be moving to be effective. People need the Lord!
Then there are the men and women who preach to the Body of Christ! Encouraging, inspiring, challenging, teaching, leading the Body with the word of God! Yes, their feet are beautiful also!
These men and women are called especially to their assignment. No one should just wake up one day and decide to go into ministry! This is an assignment from God, and if you can’t confidently state that you have been given that assignment by Him, you should not set your feet in that direction!
Having said that, I have much respect for the men and women who preach the gospel message. It is my absolute pleasure to have been given the privilege to pray for them through the years. Sometimes by name, sometimes in general, but I have prayed faithfully, throughout the years, for our church leaders, and their feet are beautiful!
I pray that they will honor the Savior with their lives and with their handling of the word. I pray that they will be kept from temptation. I pray for their lives, their finances, their health, their families and their assignments. I pray they will live with integrity and that Jesus will always be their Lord, and not money and fame. And I pray that they will fulfill the call on their lives. Regularly!
Here of late, I have felt that my prayers are not being answered! I see so much in the news on a regular basis. But I have just determined that when a pastor, minister, or evangelist comes to my mind, I’m going to pray. When I hear of a bad situation that is happening in their life, I am going to pray. When I participate in a conversation that I should not have had regarding one of God’s ministers, I am going to repent, and then pray! Because God said their feet are lovely before Him as they carry the message of salvation!
We have been given an assignment by the Savior. If we are not clergymen, we are still to preach the gospel message. If we are clergymen, we are to preach the gospel message. It should be proclaimed more than any other message because they can’t hear without a preacher! And if they don’t hear, they won’t believe! Again, I will say that people need the Lord! Beautiful feet that have been sent by God, it’s time to get stepping! Wonderful Jesus!