How many of you can remember a special pair of shoes you had? For those of us who are adults, what’s the earliest memories that stand out of a pair of shoes you wore?
My mom and dad had all our first shoes bronzed and anchored into a picture holder with a baby picture of us. I have mine at home.
Ross Jordan shared a sermon on shoes that represent various Christian flaws: The loafers, sneakers, platforms, flip flops, mud boots, etc. On the other hand, there were the house shoes, Sunday shoes and work shoes, etc.
Whether with or without shoes, you can become so familiar with the way a person walks you can tell who it is, just by the sound of their footfalls. Adam and Eve in the garden, after they had sinned, heard the sound of God walking in the garden in the cool of the day. They knew who it was, and they hid from Him.
Moses, when he heard the voice of God from the burning bush was told, “Take off your shoes from off your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Joshua was told the same thing in Joshua 5:15. Our feet are very important for us, are they not? Anyone who is unable to get around on their feet are very disadvantaged in this life.
There’s a children’s song that says, “O be careful little feet where you go! For the Father up above is looking down in love, so be careful little feet where you go.” Feet are made for carrying you. They can take you places where you will be blessed, and they can also take you places where you will be cursed. Feet have found a place in the Bible that demonstrates both of these. Of the seven things God hates, one is feet that run after evil. When Proverbs describes the wayward woman, it says that her feet do not remain at home. Psalms one speaks of the blessed man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, and in the New Testament, our Christian life is equated with how we walk. We are either walking in the light or walking in darkness.
It should come as no surprise then that when Romans 10 speaks of spreading the gospel it highlights the feet of the one that brings good news. How beautiful are the feet of them that bring good news! The great commission starts with the word, “Go.” Mark says, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature…” Matthew says, “Go and make disciples of all nations…” God’s good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is to be shared as we go and where ever we go. This was the main method of evangelism in the early church. The letters of our Bibles were written to people who already knew the gospel. As wonderful as Bibles are, they are no replacement for the disciple who brings the gospel in person. When God demonstrated His love for us in all His fullness, the word came to us in flesh. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came Himself and walked among us as one of us and one with us. God put on flesh and came to us.
I heard a joke about a teenager who asked his dad for the car keys, and the dad told his son to get a hair cut or he couldn’t have the car. The son objected that Jesus had long hair. To which the father replied, “Yes, and Jesus walked wherever He went.”
Jesus did walk wherever He went while He was here. He emptied Himself and became a man, a humble servant, Jesus walked among us obedient to His Father even unto death, death on a cross. Therefore, God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
God’s word tells us how to walk and what to wear on our feet as we walk. Ephesians 6:10f describes the armor that we wear as we walk as Christians in this world. On our feet we are to wear the shoes of the gospel of peace. That implies that where we go the gospel goes with us.
John 13 tells us how Jesus showed His love for His disciples by washing their feet. Was Jesus preparing them for the journey ahead? Jesus had also told them that if any place did not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town. Now, at the end of His ministry, Jesus washed His disciples feet. He told them to wash one another’s feet too.
Think of where Jesus’ feet trod this earth. The day of His crucifixion, Jesus feet carried His own cross, until Simon of Cyrene was compelled to do so. Jesus’ feet were then nailed to the cross, where He suffered and gave up His life as an atoning sacrifice for us all. Jesus came here to walk among us and give His life for us so that we could spend eternity with Him and walk the street of gold in glory.
Are you walking with Jesus Christ? Are you sharing the good news of Jesus Christ where ever you go?
Aren’t you thankful someone came and brought the good news to you?