Verse of the Day Devotion: Romans 10:15
“How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!” – Romans 10:15
There are so many people in this world have never given their life to Christ. Some because they have heard the message and have decided to reject it. However, there are a great number who have never heard the truth of the gospel; some never having heard it at all and some who have heard about Jesus but do not understand what the Christian life is about.
The verse just prior to our focus verse states, “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14. The reason we use the term unbeliever is because those who are not Christians do not believe Jesus is the Son of God and that He came to die for their sins. So, Paul is asking a fair question. How can they, who do not believe in Jesus, call out to Him? Many people around the world have never heard about the God we serve. They worship false gods that have been introduced to them by the people around them. They are told that these gods are real, and they must please them through various ordinances laid out in their religious rituals. So, if these are the only gods they know, why would they cry out to a God they have never heard of?
Now, at the end of verse 14, Paul asks the question, how can they hear about the true God and His Son Jesus if there is no one to tell them? The answer is simple, they most likely will not hear about Him. The religious leaders of their false gods will not tell them, mostly because they have never heard of Him as well. Also, because they would never speak against the gods they serve for fear of losing their favor. So, it is up to us, as Christians who know Christ intimately, to spread the word of Jesus and the gift of salvation He has provided.
Now, not all of us are called to be missionaries in a foreign country or even away from where we live. But we are all called to reach the lost where God sends us. Jesus said this to His disciples, and through His word, to us. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20. This is about evangelism and sharing the good news because you cannot make someone a disciple unless He is a Christian. So, from our focus verse, we are the ones sent by God to the world.
Paul then, in quoting Isaiah when He says that how beautiful are the feet of those bring the good news to the lost. We are all called to preach the gospel, whether in a foreign country, a distant city or only as far as your neighborhood. When we fulfill that calling, our work with its message is a beautiful thing in the eyes of God. It is why we are here. Let’s make it happen and bring the message of salvation to all God brings to our path.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.