How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!
- Romans 10:15
Paul’s travels take him to various cities and situations. In some areas he was well received, and people were curious to listen to his teachings. In other areas he was stoned and imprisoned. Sometimes he could travel on the highway, other times he had to take the back roads under night’s cover.
One of his most well-known travels though is probably the one that changed him from a persecutor of Christ followers to an evangelist, telling others about Jesus.
"'One day I was on such a mission to Damascus, armed with the authority and commission of the leading priests. About noon, Your Majesty, as I was on the road, a light from heaven brighter than the sun shone down on me and my companions. We all fell down, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is useless for you to fight against my will.'
'Who are you, lord?' I asked.
And the Lord replied, 'I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting. Now get to your feet! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and witness. Tell people that you have seen me, and tell them what I will show you in the future. And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.'" - Acts 26:12-18
Paul became the apostle among the non-believers. And just like God called Saul (Paul) on that day, He also calls you right where you are. He is calling you to be a messenger.
“Then they went from town to town, instructing the believers to follow the decisions made by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in their faith and grew larger every day.” - Romans 16:4-5
Maybe God is calling you to be in full-time vocational ministry, or maybe He is calling you to work in your immediate circle of influence. God needs people where they are. As followers of Christ, we are all ministers.
And whether your passport is full of stamps or not, whether you are traveling to a foreign country or the local corner shop, we are called to carry God’s message.
I remember flying back home one evening after working in another city for a few days. I used to book the window seat and would close myself off from the world around me in order to get some “quiet time” before I got home. Something went wrong with my booking though and I ended up in an aisle seat next to a very talkative gentlemen who simply ignored my “just leave me alone” body language. A few minutes into the flight he turns to me to say, “Jesus has a message for you.” The two-hour flight wasn’t enough for me to absorb everything he prophesied on that day. I still wanted to get his name, but he was gone. All I remember is the intense blue eyes.
It made me wonder: How many other divine appointments have I missed? How many times have I ignored the opportunity to be someone else’s divine intervention?
We need to open our heart, eyes and ears so that we can be God’s messengers in our daily travels through this life.
1. Think about two people you see daily who you can influence with God’s love and mercy.
2. Write a reminder where you will see it daily: Every time we go somewhere, we are the messenger in Romans 10 that has been sent to bring the good news of the gospel.
Dear Lord, thank you for meeting us where we are, like you did with Saul. We want to be the bearer of the gospel wherever we travel through life, Lord. Help us to open our hearts, eyes and ears to the opportunities.
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