Beautiful Feet…

Beautiful Feet…

“For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” Romans 10:13-15

Have you ever looked at your feet? I mean really LOOKED at your feet. I have looked at mine, and out of all the adjectives I could use to describe them, “beautiful” is not one of them. But by there standards of first century feet, my feet are a sunrise over the Rockies.

First off, shoes were not really the greatest back then. I mean, perhaps they kept the bottoms of your feet from coming into direct contact with sharp rocks in the road or stepping on a nail. Aside from that they offered little protection from the elements and from the dust and dung and open sewage systems that dotted the streets.

Second, there were no nail clippers, let alone pedicures. They didn’t have nail polish or fizzing foot baths. The feet were indeed the last body part anyone would consider beautiful.  Yet here we are with the prospect of “beautiful feet” staring us in the face. When we proclaim the good news, when we carry God’s love into the world, when we bring God’s love to someone else, the feet that carry us become beautiful indeed.

Today the Church suffers from the idea that only the preachers are called to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. The work of proclaiming the gospel is a universal calling in Christianity. There is no question about whether you are called to tell others the good news. You are. That’s part and parcel with the whole following Jesus thing.

Apparently it was an issue in the first century as well, or else Paul wouldn’t have felt the need to write, “But how are they to call one one in whom they have not believed? How are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him?”

Sharing your faith can be a scary thing. The idea of having a conversation about God’s love with someone we know is difficult enough; what on earth would a stranger thing of us for speaking of such a thing?

Well, Paul tells us that they will think our feet are beautiful. And if our feet, a rather unattractive part of the human anatomy, could be seen as beautiful, how much more the rest of you… especially when what your feet carry is the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ.

With happy feet,
Pastor Mike

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