So how can they call on someone they don’t have faith in? And how can they have faith in someone they haven’t heard of? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of those who announce the good news. But everyone hasn’t obeyed the good news. As Isaiah says, Lord, who has had faith in our message? So, faith comes from listening, but it’s listening by means of Christ’s message.
Food For Thought:
Each time someone joins any United Methodist Church, he/she is asked to take a vow that they will support the church with their prayer, presence, gifts, service and witness. This passage directly reminds us how important that last (and often most difficult) one is. Our witness is the story of our own experience of God’s love, the church and the gospel. It is our experience of living in our faith in Jesus. It is our active daily response to God’s grace in our lives. Our witness is shared in our words and our actions. All of us can point to the person who first shared God’s love with us. We believe because we learned how from someone else. Now, it is our turn to share with others. Step out in courage each day, knowing that there are people who are ready to get to know God’s love through you!
I love you, God. I sometimes don’t feel confident that I know everything about you or totally understand how your grace and love work ― but I know they do because I have felt them! I want my life to be a living, breathing witness to the love you have shown me so that others might know you, too. Guide my steps and shape my words so that I might help lead others to you. Use me, God. Send me! Amen.