Whose Feet Are Beautiful?

November 9, 2012

Friends,
This morning I went with my parents to their mission’s Half-day of Prayer to pray that God would further His Gospel throughout the world, as well as specifically through those who are presently in the fields trying to do so.

Jesus commanded His disciples to follow Him. This means that we each are to follow His Spirit wherever He is leading us as individuals, whether that be to broadcast the Good News in our own homeland or on foreign soil. But to preach this Gospel of repentance, forgiveness of sins, and a life of obedience in the will of the Father, is a task every single believer is to participate in. And no, it is not enough to shine Christ through our routine lives; we must use words. We must open up our mouths and we must speak of what God did in coming to earth, we must explain the message, and we must teach others to obey everything Christ commanded. (Matt. 28:20 // Rom. 16:26) Moreover, we are to use the Word of God to do so, for faith comes from hearing His Word. (Rom. 10:17) This is why it is so important to get the Scriptures translated into every language. For people understand best when they can hear the Truth given to them in their own mother tongue and can also read it for themselves.

But how can all the earth’s peoples hear the Gospel unless someone brings it to them? (Rom. 10:14) And how can that happen unless someone is sent to them? (same verse) Truly, how beautiful are the feet of those who bring the Good News! (v. 15) But whose feet are these? –Ours! For all of us (if we’ve been born anew) are “sent-ones”. Yes, each one of us. For just as the Father sent Jesus, Jesus says He sends us. (John 17:18 & 20:21) We will certainly rise to this calling if we’ve indeed received the Holy Spirit (20:22), if we’ve indeed been sanctified (17:17-19); that is, –approved, set apart, declared holy and clean and pure, and are walking in accordance with our sanctification.

For all of us who have the Spirit will be training ourselves (1 Tim. 4:7) –by the Spirit’s guidance and power (2 Peter 1:3,4 // 1 John 2:27)– to walk in the Spirit’s control ever more consistently (Rom. 8:9 // Gal. 5:16) so that we will not sin (same verses // 1 John 3:2-10) but will instead live our lives in the perfect will of the Father as Jesus did. (Matt. 12:50 // John 12:50 & 14:31 // 1 John 2:6,17) Because we do this, we will be going, we will be proclaiming, we will be praying, we will be shining Christ… and through every means we can. For we will be joyfully and obediently following His lead.

But, the global task is still a huge one. There are people who will die in their sins tomorrow because no one told them, no one explained the Message, no one gave them reason to hope or believe or be convicted or repent. Do we think much about all the people sinking down, withering, lost, unsaved…? Do we care? If we have the Spirit of God in us, we cannot help but care! And we will care enough to take action –irregardless of mockery or insults or inconveniences or hindrances or threats!

Please watch this video and listen to this song. http://prayercast.com/uniquepcast/shine We did today at the Prayer Meeting and it is beautiful. For the world of people –this world so loved by God that He paid our sin’s debt Himself on a cross– are the masses whose souls hang in the balance. Will we go forth into the harvest? Will we get on our knees, praying that the Lord of the harvest will send out more harvesters? (Matt. 9:38) And will we ourselves obey by going, speaking, preaching, writing, interceding…, doing so everywhere and anywhere He commands? For in honesty, the question of “Will we?” is really answered by the question of, “Are we?”

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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