Living on Mission with Beautiful Feet
Have we made the Good News into bad news? Hugh Halter asks this question at one point in his book, Flesh. He jokes a bit about explaining to people in the Old Testament that there’s Good News and then telling them about circumcision and the ban on bacon. (LOL!)
Could it be that we have our own modern day version of bad news/Good News? Check out what Paul says, “For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law.” (Romans 10:3) I do this sometimes. I revert back to trying to keep the law. This is bad… it makes me grumpy and/or judgmental.
Here’s the really Good News in a nutshell: “For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” (Romans 10:10) Whew! No difficult, exhausting, and impossible law to try to live up to. Nope. We are saved because of what Jesus did, not because of anything we have done or will ever do. Period.
NOW, does this mean that we are free to do anything and everything we want with no responsibilities? Nope. We have something to do. We need to make our feet beautiful. (What? Huh?) “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 why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14, 15)
Let’s practice Living on Mission and spread the really Good News to everyone around us with our beautiful feet!