A dear friend of mine is a retired podiatrist. I often wondered what it was like for him to spend his entire day working on someone’s feet. Jesus wasn’t a podiatrist, but we all know that He washed the feet of His apostles not long before He died. Did you know that the Bible calls on us to have beautiful feet? Do you? Advent is a good time to learn the secret to having beautiful feet. I invite you to read more…..
There are 113 verses about feet in the Bible? When most of us think of feet we often pinch our nose. Feet become stinky and smelly because the sweat glands on our feet are the most active out of our 250,000 sweat glands. But sweat itself is odorless. The smell comes from the bacteria feeding on the sweat. When we walk, our feet sweat, creating an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive. Biblically speaking, the more our feet stink, the more beautiful they become. Allow me to explain.
One of my all-time favorite songs is “How Beautiful” by Twila Paris. As she sings of the beauty of the body of Christ she sings:
How beautiful the feet that walked
the long dusty roads
and the hills to the cross.
When writing on the topic of true discipleship, Edward Sri, in his book Into His Likeness, writes, “According to one ancient Jewish saying, if you encounter a rabbi, you should cover yourself in the dust of his feet and drink in his words thirstily.”
Jesus came to offer salvation through faith in Him. At the end of His ministry on earth, He called us to go forth to share that good news with others (Matthew 28:19-20). That means we need to have dusty feet too.
ROM 10:9-18 states, “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” But then Paul poses these questions: “But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent?” Finally, Paul writes, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!”
It has often been said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. If we are going to imitate Christ, we need to start walking. Here is a strange Biblical conundrum. The more worn, callused, and dusty our feet become from walking in the footsteps of Christ, the more beautiful they become.
Each year during Advent, we hear the story of the angel Gabriel telling Mary that she will give birth to the Son of God. At first, she was troubled, but the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary.” He said, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you.” Mary immediately responded with her fiat, “May it be done to me according to your word.”
What did Mary do next? Luke 1:26-45 tells us, “Mary immediate after being told by an angel that she would give birth set off and travelled to see her cousin Elizabeth.” Stated differently, Mary put her feet to work in the service of the Lord.
With Mary as our example, it’s our turn to put our feet to the service of the Lord. The same Holy Spirit who came upon Mary is with us every day. We have nothing to be afraid of.
Psalm 119:105 comforts us with these words, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path.” Psalm 91:11-12 says, “For he commands his angels with regard to you, to guard you wherever you go. With their hands they shall support you, lest you strike your foot against a stone.” Isaiah 52:7 tells us this, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the one bringing good news, announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation, saying to Zion, “Your God is King!”” Psalm 40:2 tells us that God draws sinners up from the pit of destruction, out of the muddy clay, and He sets our feet upon rock, and He steadies our steps.
Maybe our feet need a beauty makeover? It’s time to “GET OUR BEAUTY ON!” Are your feet carrying the Word of God to others? Are they dusty from the roads you’ve trod? Do you have beautiful feet? Proverbs 4:26 offers us this wisdom, “Survey the path for your feet, and all your ways will be sure.”
I will close today with this quote from an unknown author, “Every path that leads to heaven is trodden by willing feet. No one is ever driven to paradise.”
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