Beautiful Feet

I talked a little in my last blog about hindsight. Out of the gate, none of this is really new to me, but it serves as a reminder to think about our priorities in life. What we say, what we think, what we eat, who we associate with and so forth. We know it’s going on around us, but sometimes, for some reason, it just isn’t real to us. Here at the NYWC, I had the privilege to walk through an encounter about the AIDS epidemic of Africa. 1Life , World Vision and Youth Specialties have created a beautiful partnership as well as a powerful educational encounter. At the 1Life encounter I traveled (via ipod) to Africa and the life of a young man and his struggles with war, AIDS, rape, death, and freedom. It gave me a good chance to focus on the things of life that are important. Two things I came away with: God has given value to every human life because He created us in His own image. But more importantly He desires to have a repaired relationship with every one. Yes every one. The first concept that we encounter is that every life has value, and God calls us to be among them. In 2 Corinthians 2:15 Paul writes “For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” This means to all people, both those who trust and believe in Christ, and those who have not yet been written in the Lambs book of life. And for the second concept, we know that God wishes that all should come to know His glory and grace. 2 Peter 3:9 says “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” Scripture also explains to us this process of both the repaired relationship as well as who will bring the good news. from Paul’s letter to the Romans we read; “As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 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? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” The 1Life experience reminded me of my priorities in life and the calling of my heart. You are valuable, God loves you and wants to have a relationship with you. He also wants to do a good work through you. How beautiful are your feet?

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