They say “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder,” but does that go for feet as well? No doubt, some feet exude cuteness and kissability––like plump little baby feet. Some feet look smooth and shapely as they strikingly sport sandals and open-toed shoes. And some feet favor fluffy socks, sturdy shoes, or a comfy pair of slippers year-round.
Feet never had it so good. These days, we have access to more foot products than ever before. We bask in mint-infused lotions, salt-scrub pedicures, and aromatherapy massages. We don individualized shoes for walking, running, hiking, tennis, basketball, and every other activity imaginable. We add gel insoles to comfort. Moleskins to protect. And exfoliating pads to keep feet soft and touchable.
But two thousand years ago feet took a beating.
As Jesus’s disciples carried on his mission from city to city, most people had one mode of transportation: their feet. No cars. No scooters. No bikes. And unless they were wealthy, not even a horse or stubborn mule. People walked. Everywhere. Men. Women. Children.
Town to town. Mile after long, hot, dusty mile. And without telephones or the internet, messengers had to run from place to place spreading news of current events. All that foot traffic created calloused, dirty feet covered in sores. Hardly what we would consider beautiful. But their feet weren’t judged on the way they looked.
Feet were judged on the message they carried. So what was the secret to beautiful feet? Beautiful feet brought good news.
Today, beautiful feet still bring good news. People in today’s uncertain times are seeking hope and purpose and healing. Jesus sends each one of us on a specific mission to live and work with beautiful feet. The apostle Paul put it this way:
“‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ 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 those who bring good news!’” (Romans 10:13–15 NLT)
Friends, the secret to beautiful feet is a willingness to boldly go and share the Gospel through word and deed.
Beautiful feet carry Christ’s message of peace, love, and blessing. Beautiful feet run to proclaim hope to people in their community and around the world. Beautiful feet walk the journey of life with other sojourners on the way.
So the overarching question for us to pray through today: Do we have beautiful feet?
Do we bring good news to those we encounter? Do we carry a message of love and peace? Do we tell others of the blessing and hope that awaits? Do we run and proclaim that salvation is here? Do we joyfully spread the excitement of Jesus Christ, the risen King?
Maybe you feel a bit calloused. Maybe you fear speaking out because you’re unsure of what to say. Maybe you believe you did your time running with the message and now it’s someone else’s turn to hit the pavement. But how will your family, friends, and co-workers call on Jesus if they never believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they never hear the message? And how can they hear the message if no one shares it with them?
Who has the beautiful feet sent by Jesus? You.
You have beautiful feet. Show the world. The way you carry the message and live out your faith each day is far more important than choosing the “right” words to say. It’s time for all of us to BOLDLY step out in courage. By the way, I love your feet.
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