A Word from Pastor Matt Shoemaker
How Beautiful Are The Feet
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
As Pastor Jim is preaching through the book of Romans, this passage stood out to me as central to the ministry of FCC Engaged. Indeed, this passage is central to First Christian Church as a whole! One of the primary responsibilities of the Church is to preach the Gospel and wins souls for Jesus. Yet frequently it is believed by individual churchgoers that this Scriptural mandate is given only to Pastors, Missionaries, or Ministry Leaders. This could not be further from the truth. Paul’s words here, in fact, are a call to all Christians to make the Gospel known throughout the Earth.
Let us look briefly at two aspects of this passage to better understand how it applies to all believers. First, notice the word “they.” There are in fact two groups encompassed in this word. The first is seen in passages such as this: “How are THEY to believe in Him of whom they have never heard?” This group of people is seen today as “anyone who has not received salvation in Jesus.” How will these people receive Jesus if they don’t know Him? The solution to this problem is the second “they,” seen here: “How are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are THEY to preach unless they are sent?” This “someone” is called by God to preach the gospel to the lost of this world. The second “they” are anyone whom Jesus calls to preach the gospel. It is therefore possible for any believer to be called by Jesus to preach to the lost.
The second aspect of the passage that is of importance today is the final quotation – “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Paul is quoting Isaiah 52:7. The full passage reads, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings good news of happiness, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’” This “good news” is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is interesting that the biblical authors here highlight the “feet” of the bringer of good news, as feet are not normally seen as beautiful. In the ancient near east, where the normal footwear was sandals, feet were seen as something to be avoided (thus the shock by the disciples when Jesus washed their feet in John 13!). But here, we have a different picture. A commentator put it this way: “[Their feet] might be dirty and smelly after a long, hot journey, but to those who eagerly awaited good news they were beautiful.” There is a lost world out there waiting to hear the good news and are just waiting for some “beautiful feet” to bring it to them!
The question posed today is this: Are you called by Jesus to be the beautiful feet of the Gospel to someone today? This passage does not just speak to Pastors, Missionaries, and Ministry Leaders. This passage applies to ALL believers. Jesus may be calling you today to bring the Gospel to someone in your life, and to be the “beautiful feet” that leads them into eternal salvation. Be aware today of that call on your life. We possess a message of good news, peace, and salvation that the world desperately needs today. Will you answer that call, wherever God has placed you?