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Hearing, Telling and Sending

02/22/2010

First of all, I have to say that I am loving all that is stuCo50! I love reading through Romans, I love hearing what other people are getting, and I love the accountability to keep me in the Word (yes, even pastors need a little encouragement to read their bible!).

Today’s reading was Romans 10, full of verses that I have heard all of my life. The most familiar part being in the middle of the chapter.

13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”

I realized after I was finished reading, that I had quickly passed by this passage. I recognized it, and my brain kind of skimmed across it, since I could almost quote it from memory. But, I was determined to receive from God what it was He wanted to say to me. So, I decided to practice the very old tradition of Lectio Divina. So I read it again. And again. And again. It was so comfortable, and that was what was convicting to me. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity because I was immune to it. I needed a fresh look. So I read it backwards. Not literally, but I read through the process backwards.

Thats when I got my part. I was so quick to realize that people must be aware of Christ’s overwhelming love for them. And, it was easy to see that we, as believers, are called to carry that message to others, to tell them. “How beautiful are the feet of the messengers,” right?  But, a verse that had never stood out to me was toward the end.

“And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent?” I had never put myself in that spot, as a sender. But, as a youth pastor, and as a part of the leadership of Morgantown Community Church, its my job. Our mission statement says that “we exist to EMPOWER people”. But sometimes, empowerment requires a little more. Being taught something is one thing, but having to use it is totally different.

I’ve realized that every single person in the world is in one of those places; Hearing, Telling, or Sending. I would even say that sometimes we are more than one. Right after I read this (and twittered about it!), I received some news from a student who was planning on telling someone about Christ because of this chapter. Just after, it encouraged me to contact someone close to me about where they were spiritually. So tonight, I was in each of these places.

So where are you? Who have you told lately? Who has told you about Christ lately? Who have you encouraged to go and tell others about Him? Who do you feel has empowered you to be sent?

No matter where you are, know that God sees you there, and is loving you, and leading you to take the next step. So take it!

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