by Bishop Mark Narum – 3/4/2015
13For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
14But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? 15And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:13-15
I was given a gift recently – a tour through the Eastern North Dakota Synod as part of a Synod Ministry Review. Our job was simple – to listen to people about the joys and challenges of being Christ’s church today. The conversation was lively, people’s passion for their church was evident as they shared dreams and fears about the future.
One thread that ran through our time together was this – in most cases, pastors who were most optimistic and positive about their calls had active lay leaders who were partners in the Gospel. It was a surprisingly simple revelation for me.
Pastors, Diaconal Ministers, Associates in Ministry, and Deaconesses are not the only ones who have beautiful feet – it is all of us who have been baptized in Christ’s death and resurrection who carry with us the Good News of Jesus Christ. We are all called to carry on our lips the reason for our hope. I am not asking you to go stand on the street corner and begin shouting a testimony – but how about learning how to speak the faith to your own kids. What if you are able to share your deepest questions or experiences of darkness and where you found the strength to carry on with your circle of friends?
The work of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus is too important to leave just to the professionally trained. Your feet are needed – they are beautiful as they carry Good News to school and work place and home and beyond. There is Life in the telling of the Story.