How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
In a recent year, my New Year’s resolution was a prayer. I was tired of the old me, who was afraid to share the gospel. So in my little faith, I asked God for two people to share the gospel with this year. A concrete, tangible request that would allow me to see my God at work, knowing full well that it wouldn’t be me but all Him.
Even now when I recall this, I stand amazed at the love of my Heavenly Father. It was only February, but I had two old church friends come over for dinner. (I met them at another church that I attended years ago.) They had been facing a lot of trials and they were exhausted, carrying many burdens. They lived a quasi-Christian lifestyle, believing in God’s existence and seeing the good in the Bible’s moral teachings. But when we asked if they had ever asked Jesus to be their Lord and Savior, they surprisingly had not. So God gave my husband and I the privilege of being workers in His harvest field and on that Saturday night, amidst their many fears, they gave their lives to Christ. (Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Holy Spirit come and breathe life!)
Although these two people have had many seeds of the gospel sown in their lives, they still needed to hear again that God is calling them into relationship. They needed to hear that without their personal invitation for God to be their Lord and Savior, they weren’t saved. Is there anyone you know who still needs to hear (or to hear again) the good news of God’s salvation?
Whether I sow seeds or reap the harvest, I ask my Lord for more opportunities for Him to work through me. I know I can outwardly get a nice pedicure, but I will never have truly beautiful feet without God’s power in me. Will you join me in asking our Lord to transform our feet into beautiful feet, like that of our Savior? These are the feet of people who bring God’s hope and life into this broken world. To God be all the glory.
Note: Each day’s devotional is written by a different member of the GRC family.