Scripture: Isa 52:7 7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!"(NIV)
Rom 10:15 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!"(NIV)
The Bile says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. I presume that takes into consideration the sum total parts of our external and internal parts . Most of the significant, sensitive, important life saving parts of our anatomy is protected by skin , tissue, muscle, and bones. These elaborate systems need these type of coverings. They protect our organs, blood, tissues etc from heat exposure , bumps and bruises, invasive viruses, and other forms of bacteria. Our comely or sexual organs are protected and kept covered because we wear protective clothing to guard against infections , abuse, shame , and embarrassment. Cultural practices teach us how to care for the body. Health and beauty products enhance our physical bodies by making them more attractive, or safer when they are exposed to light or the public. I am sure someone has debated publicly as to which body part is the most attractive or useful. I doubt however, that feet rate that high in terms of beauty and attractiveness.
The definition of foot or feet its plural form is described as: The lower extremity of the leg that is in direct contact with the ground in standing or walking. can think of several words to describe these things on the ends of my ones legs: now I'm not talking about anybody, I'm just talking bout what I'm talking about! But some of the words I'd come up with are: ugly, hairy, smelly and hideous just to name a few. The bible describes feet and you’d be surprised at the verbiage used. Both Isaiah 52:7 and Romans 10:15 describe feet. In both of these references the word to characterize feet is "beautiful". This brings a question to mind. and I want to ask it out loud this morning. "What is it that makes feet... "beautiful"?
What a sad world it would be with out the hope that is found in Jesus. Can you imagine a life with out God? Surely it would be a life with out hope. I tell you today that, the condition of the majority of the world is Helplessly, Hopelessly, Heading for Hell with out the message of Jesus Christ. We are told that our feet should be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. We should be ready to share with others the hope we have in Christ! That's what makes feet beautiful. Not just in our sharing, but in our being examples of Christ as well.
Jesus, who is our unpremeditated example washed the feet of his disciples, shortly before He went to the cross. Again He reaped some objection. This time by Peter, the mouthy one. He objected to Jesus washing his feet because he knew that was the proper thing for a slave to do; but Jesus was their teacher, and he deserved the act of having his feet washed by his students/ servants, his disciples. While they are reeling from this embarrassing event, Jesus spells out the implications for their own lives of what he has done: Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you (Luke 22:14-15). What does Jesus have in mind? Some have established a footwashing ceremony, either as a separate service or as part of the Maundy Thursday service. Jesus, however, does not say to do "what" he did but "as" he did. The cleansing and the further footwashing are symbolic of the revelation that Jesus gave of the Father, and thus the disciples are called upon to embody this same revelation.
The disciples are to pass on the same teaching that he, their teacher and Lord, has done by conveying as he has, both in word and deed, the selfless love of God. The community Jesus has brought into being is to manifest the love of God that he has revealed through serving one another with no vestige of pride or position. There will be recognized positions of leadership within the new community, but the exercize of leadership is to follow this model of servanthood.
If Jesus takes the role of servant (doulos, better translated "slave"), then the slave of such a master should expect to do the same (v. 16). Jesus adds nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him, bringing in the theme of mission. Jesus is the one sent by the Father, and the disciples will be sent by Jesus. Jesus has been submissive to the Father, and the disciples are to be under the authority of Jesus.
Do you have beautiful feet? Are you following his example? The pattern of life exemplified in the foot washing is true blessedness, contrary to what the world, which is centered in pride and selfishness, thinks. Accordingly, he says, Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them (v. 17). The Gospel is a life to be lived and not just an ideal to be contemplated.
In verses 11 and 13 of Romans chapter 10 it says,"Anyone and everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved and will not be disappointed in the decision they have made. But, we cannot assume for one moment that people are going to automatically decide to call out to God. Assumptions can be quite dangerous. Many people realize there is something missing in their lives; something beyond their control—something they can’t put their finger on. Many realize that they need God but that is about it. You see, unless someone tells them what they have to do, they will never be saved. Evangelism is one of the purposes of the church. It means we share the good news of Jesus with those around us and around the world. Why is it so important that we take this purpose and command to share with others seriously? Because apart from Christ there is no hope.This is the primary way God uses to get his message throughout the world Evangelism is sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Here is what evangelism is not:
· It’s not just living a good Christian life so the world can see. People need more than just seeing you live a good life. There has to come a point in time where you have to say something and give the reason for the hope that you possess. It’s not telling them about your church. I many time use the question, “Do you go to church anywhere is often used as a discussion starter to get people talking about spiritual things. It’s not wrong to tell people what’s happening at your church. But, we need to keep in mind that people do not call upon the church to save them but Christ.
“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 what the Scriptures mean when they say, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:14-15
Now lets look at the obvious in this passage. In order for someone to call upon the Lord they must first believe. And in order to believe one must first hear the message. And in order for someone to hear there has to be someone to tell them. So why doesn’t God just make everyone when they are born call out to God so everyone can be saved? God has given each and everyone of us a precious gift—that is the gift of free choice. God delighted in us so much that we were made differently. God made us to not to live by instinct as animals do but by giving us a conscious and equipping us with the capability of deciding for ourselves whether we will make a certain choice or not. God has left no surprises for us. He has given us all the information we need to rationally choose whether we will accept or reject him. It’s your choice. We must keep in mind that there are tremendous implications and consequences in making a decision for or against Christ.
But you say,"evangelism is not my gift! Well, we will answer that response in part 2 of this blog. Hold on, I'll be right back at you. But for now, Go out and enjoy the beautiful sunshine of this day.
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