Being a witness and messenger for the Lord has its challenges. This is why the Holy Spirit directed the Apostle Paul to pen these words in Galatians 6:9 (NIV), “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Sometimes in our GOING and Doing Good we lose focus. We get tired. We get weary. We contemplate throwing in the towel. We begin to question – “is what I’m doing even making a difference?”
Genuine Messengers/Witnesses/Disciples/Ambassadors for the Lord understand that spreading the Gospel isn’t about themselves, but that doesn’t mean some words or actions of affirmation from others won’t hurt confirm in their minds that they need to continue in the lane they’re in and keep pressing on towards the finish line (Philippians 3:14; 2 Timothy 4:7). Continuing to accomplish the task at hand and finishing the race seems possible when the GOERS recognize how the Lord views their feet? How can they finish if they don’t have others cheering them on? Who is out there to tell them that their feet are indeed so beautiful?
So, how can you help cheer someone on today? How can you help confirm in his mind that he needs to remain on the path the Lord is directing for him?
One simple act that will go a long way and bring joy to the giver and receiver is to buy him a pair of shoes. By displaying that act of confirmation, you need to reiterate to the receiver how beautiful his feet are in the eyes of the Lord and to keep pressing on in the race the Lord has him in. Each time the receiver puts that pair of shoes on it’ll hopefully encourage him to find that added energy needed to keep his mind fresh and ready to get out on the Lord’s path that day. And POSSIBLY – just POSSIBLY it’ll encourage the receiver to keep the giver in mind…to also pray for his brother as he too is in the same race (harvesting) alongside him.
It’s a win-win all for His glory. Give it a try and I guarantee you that it’ll provide that burst of energy…that second wind needed to keep pounding the pavement and spreading THE GOOD NEWS that so many other people are needing today! If the Lord hasn't laid someone on your heart and mind by now, then let me encourage you to consider starting with your Pastor...a man who brings the Good News each week. I'm sure he would be greatly encouraged by your generous and thoughtful act.
Next week I’m going to provide you with a lesson I recently read concerning self-absorption…this issue is one of the many reasons as to why some choose to not obey the command to GO! – who choose not to display the beautiful feet the Lord’s provided them with (wasted or buried talents, Matthew 25:18). The two-minute video by John Piper below is a great segue into that lesson, which Piper’s words also fit as a perfect reminder from today’s challenge as well.
Enjoy the Challenge! And feel free to share with me testimony of how this challenge worked out for you if you so choose to participate in it.
As TobyMac sings in the song below…Keep Walkin’, Keep Movin’ On, Lift Your Head, Hold On, and Never forget His Promises!
Practicing His Presence,
Isaiah 52:7 (NIV) 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!"
Romans 10:15 (NIV) And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
John Piper - message on Beware of the Self-Absorbed Preacher/Messenger
Move (Keep Walkin') by TobyMac
The Christmas Shoes
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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