Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Are Your Feet Beautiful?
“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news”.
As I’ve been studying and learning in the book of Acts about Paul’s Missionary journeys I can’t help but think of how much this man loved the Lord. He gave his life to ministry, to preach the good news. He was truly set apart (Acts 13:2, Romans 1:1) chosen to do the work that the Lord had set before him. What a privilege! To be set apart.
Paul had a heart for the lost. When he would travel weather by land (literally by foot) or by sea (on a ship) and he would arrive at a certain city and on a Sabbath, the first thing he would do was go to the synagogue where Jews gathered to pray, and he began sharing the gospel with them. He didn’t waste any time, he got to the point. He wasn’t afraid to speak boldly about the good news, the truth that he knew. But then of course there where some who contradicted what he was sharing with them and didn’t believe. But that didn’t stop Paul. He kept going even more and more, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
He faced opposition, beatings, imprisonment, he was laughed at and called an idle babbler, and faced many other trials, but he endured all of this. He counted it all joy, just like it says in James 1:2-3. Consider it all joy when we face various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And boy was his faith tested. He could have left it at that and not keep doing what he was set apart to do. He could have turned his back to the Lord. He was eager to keep preaching the gospel even more.
Can you imagine traveling thousands of miles by foot, and how tired your body would be, how dirty your feet would be from traveling on unpaved roads and wearing uncomfortable sandals, feeling dirty and ready to shower, ready to lie down and eat and gain your strength?
WOW! Paul’s feet were truly beautiful! He brought the good news to those who didn’t know it. He traveled thousands and thousands of miles. Are we willing to travel just a few feet to share the good news with our neighbors, co-workers, friends, etc?
Just as Paul was set apart, we are set apart as well. Our feet can be beautiful is we are eager and willing to do the work set before us. Matthew 28:19 says: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”