GA2011 Devotional – Tuesday

Posted: July 12, 2011 by Disciples Young Adult Commission in Devotionals, General Assembly

Romans 10:11-15

11 The scripture says, ‘No one who believes in him will be put to shame.’ 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. 13 For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

14 But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? 15 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!’

Nothing finishes off an outfit like a great pair of shoes! “How beautiful are the feet . . .” OK, so shoes are not what either Isaiah or Paul had in mind when they talked about beautiful feet. They were making a more metaphorical statement, I suppose.

The feet of a messenger, in fact, are not likely to be beautiful. A runner’s feet will be tired and sweaty and swollen – not really things of beauty. And yet when the message is one of good news, that messenger will seem gorgeous from head to toe!

The good news in this passage – making beautiful the messengers who bring that good news – is the news of God’s love for all God’s children. In a time of a growing division between “Jews” and “Greeks”, between synagogue and church, Paul was at pains to point out that “the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call upon him.” People need to know this. And to know there needs to be a messenger – one who is sent to proclaim the good news so the people can hear and believe.

At the end of this General Assembly many of us have tired, tired feet – from walking the assembly hall to the exhibit hall to our hotel rooms to the many places we have met with friends, old and new. We have changed from our pretty shoes to our most comfortable, and we are ready to go home.

But this scripture calls us to go as messengers. To be the ones of beautiful feet (no matter what shoes we wear) who let the world know that “the same Lord is Lord of all.” This passage invites us to care, as God does, for all God’s children who do not yet know that they can call on a God of love.

Paul’s words here send us forth, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world, to proclaim God’s love, so those around us who are lost in a world of division and hate, can hear the good news of love and wholeness and be saved!

“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Submitted by: Sharon Watkins

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