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Romans 19:10-15 Beautiful Feet

Romans 10:15-16 And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”  But not all have obeyed the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” [NRSV] 
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With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!”  Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this – heart and soul – will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help.  “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help.” But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it? That’s why Scripture exclaims, A sight to take your breath away! Grand processions of people telling all the good things of God! [MSG]

Beautiful feet

Not all feet are beautiful. Some are tired, worn, squeezed by tight shoes, sweaty from work and exercise. Old or young, feet are wondrous and amazing.

In our words, we use ‘feet’ to identify a presence, a location or ownership:

  • A foot hold,
  • a toe in the door,
  • feet on the ground, boots on the ground,
  • we put our foot down

What is Paul talking about beautiful feet?

  • It is a beautiful thing to see people walking, running, and rolling into the church.
  • It is a beautiful thing to see people walking, running and rolling out the door to be the church in the world.
  • It is a beautiful thing to see someone take food to someone who is hungry.
  • It is a beautiful thing to see hundreds and  thousands of feed gather to worship
  • It is a beautiful thing to see people walk into prison to bring Good News that sets hearts free.
  • It is a beautiful thing to watch people walk toward to front to pray, to be baptized, to lay hands on a quilt, to make a profession of faith, to sing a song, to give a testimony, to share a story of faith, and more…

Verse 16 is the part we want to skip over.

Romans 10:15-16 And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”  But not all have obeyed the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” [NRSV] 

Not everyone has used their life to share the Good News AND

Not everyone who has received the Good News we share our beliefs.

Jew and Greek live in Grace: Paul continues through the next chapters

The charge is to keep the feet moving

  • Keep the toe in the door.
  • Keep setting your foot down in Christ
  • Keep loving, forgiving, feeding, teaching, inspiring, encouraging, forgiving and carrying the Good News to know who have yet to be convinced and convicted by it.

The So what: ask your neighbor:

  • Where are you taking the Good News today?
  • Who are you planning and prepared to share the Good News with this week?
  • Are you planning to give up? sit still and wait? our get out there again?

God loves your Faith in Action and not resting in our head and intentions.

 

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Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Peace to this House JUMC 20130702

Everywhere Missionary

Everywhere Missionary

10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2 He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ 6 And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7 Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9 cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’ 16 “Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” 17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” 18 He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19 See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

[NRSV]

First this passage is an encouragement to the three mission teams we are supporting this month and the team of folks working at CERF and Smart Kids, Smart Lunch.

The number of folks willing to be available to take on a personal mission is limited. This is the heart of our Everywhere Missionary program.

The instruction is given the book-ends of encouragement and inspiration.

  • On one hand there is the encouragement to know that we are going where Christ is preparing to go.
  • Not everyone will be ready nor receptive
  • The measure of successful mission is not in the number of people served, but in the willingness to go out to where the people are rather than wait for them to come to us.
  • And instructions are given for both the open hearts and the closed minds.

I enjoy baseball and one of things I like about the game is that the successful players are celebrated for getting a hit thirty percent of the time.

  • Jesus knows the six dozen folks that are going on this mission will not always see great things.
  • But the reports that return are the success stories.

Think about the Braves, the end of the game wrap up is not how many times Freddy, Simpson, and McCain struck out. They talk about the hits, doubles and home runs.

But with the successes come plenty of strike outs and errors.

We come to the table of Christ, where disciples gather for encouragement and inspiration

Not because we are successful but rather because we have sinned, failed and find ourselves striking out.

 Challenge:

Each of us have the opportunity to be on Christ’s mission..

Will go Go where Christ is preparing to be or sit this one out?

 

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  • Pray Daily
  • Do at least 1 item from the Mission Calendar* Weekly
  • Read and Write Monthly
  • Give or Volunteer Annually

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