Gospel Shoes (Romans 10:14-15)
Romans 10:14-15, How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Billy Scholl was born on June 22, 1882 in La Porte, Indiana as one of 13 children. As a boy he showed an interest in shoes. He liked working with leather and made harnesses for the family farm's horses. He repaired and made shoes for twelve brothers and sisters. In response to his interests, Billy's parents apprenticed him to a local cobbler at the age of sixteen. One year later, he went to Chicago to work as a cobbler and shoe salesman. The number of foot ailments he encountered concerned Billy. The big city and the fast pace of modern times were rough on feet. Customers suffered from bunions, corns, and fallen arches. Billy saw a huge need, and decided to become the "foot doctor to the world." He enrolled in the Illinois Medical College, and by the time he had graduated in 1904, he had patented his first invention, an arch support called the Foot-Eazer. Billy opened his own store and began producing arch supports for other shoe stores. To sell his product, he would go to a shoe store and pull a skeleton of a human foot out of his bag. He would then proceed to explain the ailments of the foot to the proprietor and inevitably take an order for his product. For more than sixty years, Billy personally promoted his own products with flair and enthusiasm. He established a correspondence course for shoe clerks and hired consultants to criss-cross the country, giving lectures on foot-care products. Billy Scholl's enthusiastic dedication to good foot care and his endurance as an able spokesman has made his (Dr. Scholl) name a household word.
The Message of the Preacher (Romans 10:14)
The world cannot be saved apart from the Gospel. "Whosoever" refers to the whole world. But a person has to "call" in order to be saved. A person cannot "call upon the name of the Lord" unless he has heard about the Lord. That is the condition that cries for preachers to go into the world to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the Gospel has to be carried to the whole world.
The Mission of the Preacher (Romans 10:15)
Christ’s first word from His Great Commission was to “Go.” If we refuse to go, some will never hear the Gospel, and we will be in direct disobedience to Jesus Christ. Paul made a clear case for the crucial importance of everyone who is involved in the work of God in reaching the lost with the Gospel.
We don't usually think of feet as being beautiful. Do you think your feet are beautiful feet? Feet are beautiful when they are the feet of one who brings the Good News, the Gospel. As we go through our daily routines, we are to live lives that enable us to make disciples. We don't need to be sent by a mission organization; we have already been sent by Jesus. In reality, we are Jesus' feet.
In order for people to hear and receive the message of Jesus, someone has to tell them about Him. This starts with someone who cares enough to communicate Christ’s message. Too often, Christ’s Great Commission will not even be communicated fully enough to people in foreign countries unless Christians send and support those whom God has called to deliver His message to these people and places. Those who help to send others are fulfilling a key role in introducing people to Christ. We all can participate in spreading the Word to those who have not yet heard about Jesus. Gospel tracts, books, Christian literature, and witnessing are all used by God to reach people for Christ.
It is tragic that almost 95% of professing Christians never tell others about Christ. It's up to us. The souls of the world are our responsibility. We are not responsible for their decision to accept or reject salvation, but we are responsible to share the Gospel with them. It's the reason we are still on earth. God could have taken us to Heaven immediately when we got saved and given the responsibility to share the Gospel to the angels, but He wants us to be His messengers.
You have heard the Gospel message today. If you have never called upon the Lord for salvation, I would encourage you to come today. Jesus died for your sin and He wants to save you today! Why not come and be saved?
Questions to Consider:
Who can you witness to and share the Gospel message with today?
When will you do it?
How beautiful are your feet?
Do you pray for God to show you who He wants you to tell about Him?
Are you looking for those that don’t know Christ?
Points to Ponder:
The world needs to hear about Jesus Christ.
God uses people to reach people.
We are His feet and His messengers.
The Gospel must be preached before it can be believed.
The Gospel must be believed before it can save.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, thank You for bringing me to a saving faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ. That is the best thing that has ever happened in my life. Forgive me for not sharing this Good News with others on a regular basis. Bring people into my life that I can tell about Your amazing love. In Jesus Name, AMEN!
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship.