Saturday, 14 August 2021
Title: How beautiful are their feet
Author: Pastor Johnson Chong
Translator: Margaret Ong
Romans 10:15 “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” ”
Dear brothers and sisters, there are many news, legends, and information in the world, but none of them is more important than the good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. This good news is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born into the world as the Savior of mankind. Only the Lord Jesus was crucified and resurrected for man’s sins, and this gospel will be preached to all people in the world. But this responsibility to share is not on the angels, but passed on from generation to generation by the Lord to His disciples. In our generation, who will pass it on? Thousands of people are waiting to no avail there, to have long been looking forward with eager expectancy, their eyes are worn out anxiously. They really look forward to hearing the good tidings, not only related to their present life, but also related to their afterlife and eternal life and blessing.
The Pantai Baptist Church has designated August as Mission Month throughout the years, and this year is no exception. Dear brothers and sisters, can we still preach the gospel to relatives and friends when the pandemic is spreading? Even though the pandemic in our country is severe or even on the verge of getting out of control, I absolutely believe that our God Most High is still in power.
The apostle Paul said: “We must preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season.” Although Paul was chained in a Roman prison, he still preached the gospel to the soldiers. We are now locked down at home, how can we spread the gospel and persist in practicing the Great Commission promulgated by the Lord Jesus? “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4:2) “For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel. For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship.” (1 Corinthians 9:16-17).
In 2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the Word!” is a command given by the apostle Paul to Timothy, and it is also a command given by the Holy Spirit to all Christians. Moreover, this “Preach the Word” command is something we must carry out in any situation. For “Be ready in season and out of season.” means: be ready (this is also a command), no matter in season (good time) or out of season (bad time), we must preach. “Preaching” means preaching the word of God and evangelism, which means “Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching.” Using all kinds of patience and all kinds of teachings to rebuke, warn, and persuade others. The apostle Paul taught Timothy in this way. In fact, the apostle Paul himself was a preacher who was preaching at all times, in season or out of season.
Dear brothers and sisters, who is willing to be sent by the Lord to preach it? Only those who have the gospel themselves are qualified to preach, but among those who have received the gospel, some have a father in their family and there is responsibility, some have too many properties to be given up, and some are afraid of suffering and have no place to live. As a result, few people are willing to take up the calling. No wonder the gospel has not been preached to every created person. But those who are willing to be sent by the Lord to preach the gospel, how beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel. In the eyes of the angels, their shoes are made of the best materials in the world, and their feet are the most beautiful on the ground. In the eyes of those who have been favored by hearing the gospel, their feet are fragrant and can almost be kissed with their mouths; one day when they come to God, their feet are not lost, but are preserved in eternity, because they are wearing the shoes of the gospel, walking a bright road.
Dear brothers and sisters, is evangelism just a matter of a few preachers? No, “The Lord gave the word; Great was the company of those who proclaimed it” (Psalm 68:11), and the whole church united in one accord to prosper the gospel. Dear brothers and sisters, do you have a part in it? Are you willing to leave beautiful footprints? Have you planted the good seeds of the gospel on your way?
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you and praise you! May your love inspire us again, so that we have the heart of loving souls, the ability and wisdom to spread the gospel passionately! The whole church is in one accord to prosper the gospel. Pray that the Lord will also use this pandemic to soften people’s hearts so that they can listen to the gospel and be willing to return to you! Glory to the Lord! Prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, in the holy name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!
罗马书10 :15 “报福音，传喜信的人，他们的脚踪何等佳美。”