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