“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!'” Romans 10:15 ESV Bible
I think about this verse a lot. Maybe one reason this verse has always stuck out to me is because I love my husband’s feet (I know, weird, and you probably didn’t want to know that). Forget the fact that I love John’s feet. This applies to all people who share the good news of Jesus Christ, whether they have cute feet, or not!
When I dwell on this verse, it gives me such appreciation for pastors and their families who sacrifice everything for the gospel. This verse helps me to forgive when pastors aren’t perfect, because I remember what’s more important. Sharing the gospel.
Every hour spent molding thoughts into life-changing sermons, every drop of sweat shed while standing infront of crowds to speak and pray, every hug and encouraging word poured out to hurting people – these things are all more precious when viewed in the light of this scripture.
This past Sunday we visited a young church plant gearing up for a Fall launch. John felt moved to remind the launch members about how important it is to be praying for the lead pastor and his family. The pastor had tears in his eyes after John got done praying for him. Why? I think the tears stem from the emotion and effort linked to throwing it all out there to try to start a new work. It’s risky. We all know the final results are in God’s hands, but as pastors and pastor’s families, we also know we have to work hard so we can be good stewards of our time and resources. We feel that the results of our efforts reflect how hard we tried, or our giftedness. But we don’t have to go there. What matters is that we share the gospel. The rest is up to God.
Remember the verse this week, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Pray, do the work God sent you out to do, and let the results remain in Him.