Blessed are those that bring good news

With all due respect, the disciples were not very effective cross-cultural missionaries, except perhaps for Thomas to India. Then, the Apostle Paul comes along and speaks crazy things like, “I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the LORD Jesus has given me-the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24) Will we do anything for Jesus? That level of passion is not an often shared value in our, or any, culture. But it is the sort of passion needed to bring good news to those that have not heard.

But without going to the unreached or underserved, Romans 10:14-15 has no meaning. “How are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach if they are not sent? As it is written, Blessed are the feet of those that bring good news.” This thought is was not original with Paul. It is a citation of Isaiah 52:7 “How beautiful are the feet who … brings good news … who publishes salvation.” It is hard? Yes. Is it convenient? No. It is cost effective? No. But this is how blessing comes!

You say, “This is unrealistic for me.” But David notes that those that go to battle and those that serve behind share in the same reward. (1 Sam 30:24) For example, translation organizations are now using indigenous peoples, who stay to disciple others. But they need for every possible discipline to get the job done. 

How to be blessed? Be involved in bringing good news! See how at missionnext.org.

Nelson Malwitz, Founder MissionNext

Nelson Malwitz, Founder

Nelson Malwitz, Founder

Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA and attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) in what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext, and serves in program development and on the Board. He has been in 45 countries to work with leaders of leaders and see multiple cultures first hand.

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