This afternoon I got my colouring Bible out, started flipping through and this passage jumped out, so I sat with it for a while (and coloured).
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? 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!” (Romans 10:14-15)
It asks the ‘how?’ question, how can they call/believe/hear/know to go/be sent? We often long to know the details of how something will happen, not wanting to commit or participate until we know all the finer specifics. But Paul just states, through this series of questions, that A will lead to B will lead to C will lead to D will lead to E. That it has been written about in the Scriptures, and will happen because of God.
I was also challenged by this question, ‘how will anyone go and tell them without being sent?’ (v15) The importance of being sent. How often do we remind each other that we are sent, and encourage each other in that? If we don’t remember that we are sent, we won’t go and tell, and then others won’t hear and won’t be able to believe and ask to be saved. Michael Frost in his book ‘Surprise the World’ refers to being sent as “alert[ing] others to the universal reign of God through Christ”. He also describes being sent as a missional habit, “designed to propel us outward, beyond ourselves, into the lives of others”.
I guess there is just something about this verse that really made that idea of being sent sink in, that we should “see ourselves as sent by God to everywhere life takes us”. That this can have flow on effects to those around us. And that there are people around us who might be relying on us remembering and acting on it, so that they might hear and have faith in the Good News about Christ too.