Beautiful Feet, Part 2
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. 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 anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
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!"
When called on to go into the darkness with a broken friend, your first response might be, “Who, me? No, not me. I have nothing to offer. I don’t know what to say or do. I’ll make things worse.” Bring those fears to the Lord and then ask Him to show you what you do have to offer. About a week after Mark’s death, a neighbor I barely knew knocked on the door of our grieving home. No doubt she came with fear and trembling, but she brought a loaf of homemade zucchini bread. I had lost almost ten pounds in a little over a week. Food stuck in my throat. Her bread was the first food I enjoyed. To this day, toasted zucchini bread is a favorite comfort food for me. And every time I eat it, I think of this neighbor’s kindness. The Lord transformed what appeared to be a mundane act into a majestic moment that reminded me of His presence through the actions of my neighbor. Perhaps without knowing it, she was a life-giver in that moment.
“How can they hear unless someone is preaching to them?” In that moment, I felt the love of Jesus come through the gift of zucchini bread.
LIFE GIVING ENCOURAGEMENT
The Lord gives us the privilege of biblical encouragement and when He does, He transforms simple acts of ordinary obedience into extraordinary life-giving moments. Is your neighbor struggling with illness, aging? Take their trash cans to the curb, leave a goodie basket on their porch with a card and handwritten Scripture. Encourage your child’s teacher with a quart of homemade soup and bread (or Panera’s soup and bread)!
Ask the Lord to fill your mind with a specific task that will offer help and hope to a needy friend or neighbor. You don’t have to be eloquent to preach. When Christ is in us, we have the treasures of His encouragement at our fingertips. And when we obey the encouragement mandate, the treasures we give are multiplied in our own lives. It’s a win-win situation.
STORE UP MORE TREASURES
At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. I encourage you to go the MARKINC website and listen to the Multiple Sclerosis audio resource so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's. Here is a summary and teaser of this resource:
Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that attacks the Central Nervous System. The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation estimates that more than 400,000 people in the United States and about 2.5 million people around the world have MS. About 200 new cases are diagnosed each week in the United States. In this interview, that is part of our Warrior Women series, you’ll hear Sherry Bitler describe what it was like to hear the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis and how it changed her life. Listeners with a similar diagnosis will be encouraged by the way Sherry has confronted this disease and learned how to continue to invest her life in the lives of others, even though she is sometimes physically limited. This conversation will also help “healthy” people better understand how such a diagnosis can affect everyday life and how they can come alongside of someone whose constant companion is Multiple Sclerosis.