9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on him will not be put to shame, 12 since there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord of all richly blesses all who call on him. 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. 14 How, then, can they call on him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about him? And how can they hear without a preacher? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news. — Romans 10:9-15
How Can they Believe without Hearing about Him?
by Scott Harris
Oxymorons—seemingly contradictory words that somehow go together—can be funny; “jumbo shrimp,” “clearly confusing,” “act naturally,” and “found missing” are just a few. But what about “beautiful feet?” I’ve typically never thought of feet as beautiful. Smelly, and hardworking, sure—but beautiful?
The Apostle Paul seems to think feet are indeed beautiful. And he’s right. In verses 9-13, we see this wonderful picture of people placing their faith in and giving their very lives to Jesus. All around the world, for two thousand years, men and women and boys and girls have believed, confessed and found salvation in the Messiah. That’s a vision that should never grow old or stale, but rather should burn within us at all times. Think about it: what Christian shouldn’t want to see others come to faith in Christ?
But then in verses 14-15, Paul turns the table on the reader. He transitions from painting a picture of a preferred reality to issuing a personal challenge. He asks some penetrating questions. So, just how are people supposed to believe, confess and live in Jesus unless someone goes and tells them? And if no one is sent, if no one preaches, if no one goes, what happens?
Your feet take you places. What better places are there for your feet to take you than to people who need to hear this announcement of good things? I’m grateful to be a part of a church that sends. I’m grateful to serve a God who sends. God sent us Jesus. And God sent someone with willing, beautiful feet to show YOU your need for a Savior. Is there any higher honor than to use your feet—yes, your beautiful feet—to bring good tidings of great joy?
Remember, the gospel is only Good News to those who’ve been told.
- Who in your circle needs to believe, confess and place their faith in Christ?
- What prevents them from doing so?
- Do you know how to have a gospel-centered conversation with someone who does not yet have a personal relationship with Jesus?
- Do you have the will and the courage to ask God to give you beautiful feet and a ready tongue to proclaim the Good News?
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