How are they to preach unless they are sent? This a good question for us to pray through together, recognizing the vitality of proclaiming the gospel and its freedom to those who struggle from guilt or sin’s power. How are they to preach unless they are sent? Preachers (which includes you and me – we who proclaim the news that Christ died for sinners and sufferers) are sent by God, and are a part of a body of believers. They are real people who come with a real message of salvation from God. Their feet are beautiful, as they carry the messenger to the ends of the earth, so that the message can be spoken and land on the ear, bringing forth faith. What does this mean for you and me? Two things. First, we as the Advent are called to identify and equip those whose particular gifts may one day include full-time, vocational ministry. Some from among us are almost certainly being called, even now. Second, we are all among those called to proclaim Christ and his salvation. So many around us thirst – the pulpit is not the only place we can share the news of the one who himself is the Living Water.
And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10:15)
Almighty God and eternal Father, who governs all things in heaven and on earth: mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and grant us thy grace to hear you, through Christ our Lord. Amen.