Thursday, April 7, 2011

Beautiful Feet

How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.  (Romans 10:15)

   I never thought of feet as beautiful until reading the verse printed above.  In fact, I know a man who, through no fault of his own, has ugly looking feet.  Jim has rheumatoid arthritis and his toes are twisted on top of each other in a grotesque manner.  When I first saw Jim's feet, I wondered how he could possibly walk or wear shoes. 

   In Jesus' day sandals were the normal footwear.  Thye roads were dusty and rough.  During the rainy season a person's feet would become caked with mud.  Not a very pretty sight.  Many nationals in third world countries today don't have sandals making their feet scared and often twisted.  In Biblical times, the normal task of the servant was to wash the feet of all guests entering the house.

   I know missionaries, servants of God, who travel long distances over rugged terrain to carry the good news of the gospel.  Their feet are dirty and mud stained; yet God calls them beautiful.  In the highlands of Papua New Guinea national tribes live on the tugged mountain ridges, and the only means of transporation are by foot or in a small airplane.

   At one recent dedication of a New Testament that had been translated into the heart language of the people, large boxes of the New Testazment had to be carried on poles over very narrow trails to reach the village.  The nationals were barefoot, and their feet showed the wear and tear of the muddy trail.  Would you consider their feet ugly and unsuitable for such a divine task?  Certainly not in God's sight; he considered them to be beautiful!  Why?  Because they were the bearers of His "good news."

   Are you using your feet to carry the good news of God's love to people groups in your locality?  Whether you wear sandals, shoes, or no shoes, God says your feet are beautiful. 

Thought for the Day: All feet that carry the good news are beautiful in God's sight.

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