“…As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
–Romans 10:15 (NIV)
Some things are hard to get into. Horse racing, for example, would be a difficult hobby for me to take up, because of the high entry costs. Racehorses aren’t cheap, not to mention the feed and stable, veterinary costs, transportation to and from events, entry fees, etc, etc.
Bread baking, on the other hand, is very accessible. Some flour, yeast, salt and water, all cheaply and abundantly available in the nearest grocery store, a spoon, a bowl, and a stove (which most people own anyway), and you’ve got the makings of a good loaf of bread.
Becoming a Christian is a lot more than a hobby, but just as easy to begin. “So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17, NASB)
We begin with the word of God, which in the form of the Bible is both cheap and abundant today, a blessing that many through the years have not enjoyed. Bibles are available new and secondhand, reasonably priced. If even a low price is too high, many churches and individuals distribute Bibles for free. With the internet, you can read and compare the text of different versions for free at sites such as BibleGateway.
Though the original texts of God’s word were written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, we don’t have to study for years to learn these languages to read it. The Bible is available in modern English and hundreds of other languages, including Braille. You can listen to it on CD’s or with an MP3 player.
The one thing that may be in short supply is people to carry the word of God to those who have need of it. “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? ” (Romans 10:14, NIV)
A person who doesn’t know how to bake will regularly bypass that aisle of the grocery store because they don’t see it as useful or relevant. After a while, they won’t even see the aisle or register it mentally. A person who sees no need for God will let the blessing of abundance of His word and the salvation it offers pass them by, as blind to it as a non-baker to the flour aisle.
I must be sure that my feet bring good news.
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When I sat down to write this, I had something else in mind, something that dealt more with the way that the Bible has depths for all seasons of life. It is relevant and understandable as we begin our new lives as Christians, and it continues to reveal new treasures to us as we grow and mature over the years, just as the hobby of bread making can begin with a simple four-ingredient loaf, and new techniques and refinements learned over the years to make ever more delicious breads. There is always something new to learn, some skill to perfect. I’m not sure how I feel about this piece. I believe it is true, but it makes me uncomfortable. It is deeply convicting because I know that I am not doing all that I could to help bring the good news to others.