So then, how can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one about whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news of peace, who preach the gospel of good things!” But not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who believed our message?” So then, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message comes through the word of Christ.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank you for sending your Son, who suffered the cross in our place and removed our sins forever. And for sending the Holy Spirit to us so that we know and trust the forgiveness Jesus won for us, we are saved through faith. We also thank you for guiding those faithful under-shepherds—your pastors and teachers to share the good news about Jesus with our children and us. And, we thank you for the faithful people around us who are not pastors or teachers who are unafraid of telling of Jesus’ love.
That message coming to us is vital; we don’t think about the feet that carried those people bringing us the good news. Instead, we consider feet undesirable, stuffed in shoes, often pretty smelly, and not all that attractive. But because someone used their feet to walk up to us and share Jesus’ forgiveness with us, we now have everlasting life; even their feet are beautiful; you reveal yourself in your word, and it is there that faith comes to us.
Lord, we ask you to continue giving us people willing to lead as pastors and teachers to share the good news of your love with us. Please bless those who are already called to serve you by sharing the gospel message. Please allow us opportunities to have beautiful feet and share the good news with those who do not know you; let us be the feet that carry the gospel to them. Amen.
Written through Roger Emmons
Hear this: Jesus has suffered and died for all your sins; you are forgiven! This message is not made up by people but comes to us in God’s Word, through Christ.