How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!"
Isaiah 52:7

Paul quoted a portion of this verse in his letter to the Romans, prefacing it with these words:

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 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 10:14-15

Jesus instructed his disciples to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:18-20).

This is probably one of the most familiar Bible verses to most Christians. Did your eyes glaze over when you read it? Perhaps you wonder what this has to do with you. Granted not every Christian is called and gifted to go, to make disciples and baptize them, or to pass on the teachings of Jesus as a public ministry; but there is a great need for people to tell others about the genuine Christ and the genuine good news (2 Corinthians 11:4).

Preachers and teachers are needed who will not add to or subtract from what the Scriptures tell us about God. We need Spirit-filled dedicated men and women who love God and tremble at his word. Men and women are needed who have turned their lives over to God in trust and obedience. Men and women are needed who will answer God's call to preach and teach or simply tell others, not for profit or prestige, but out of a strong desire to point people to Jesus who is not dead, but lives to intercede for those who turn to him.

How can you know if God is calling you to be one of those sent? Have you had a strong interest in studying and practicing biblical instruction? Have you felt a strong desire to pass on your faith to others? Maybe this desire and interest is God calling you to prepare to be sent. You can ask God to give you clear guidance in whether you are hearing his voice or not.

As you read the Scriptures notice the many different kinds of people God chose to speak to others. Most of these people are not named in the Bible. Notice the list of men and women who worked hard in the Lord in Chapter 16 of Romans. Notice how those persecuted Christians who had to flee took the word wherever they went (Acts 8:1-8).

The writer of Hebrews corrected some who should have been prepared to teach others were themselves in need of being taught even the most elementary truths of God (Hebrews 5:11-14).

Notice God had gifted some for the very purpose of equipping the members of the church for works of service (Ephesians 4:11-16). Notice that each member of Christ's body is given at least one spiritual gift (1 Corinthians Chapter 12). We are not meant to stagnate, merely learning but never graduating to using the truth we have learned to benefit other people. Ezra is mentioned in the book by his name as one who did prepare himself:

For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.
Ezra 7:10

We prepare ourselves for the use of whatever spiritual gift God has given by doing as Ezra did: study, practice and teach the word of God. We all teach, if not by word, than by example. People do see what we do. Our actions do speak louder than our words.

Volume 18 Issue 03 | Notes from Nancy | Women in Christ Commentary | Bible Study Guide | Abundance of the Heart | Exhortation

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