There is a song that carries the message “How beautiful, How beautiful, How beautiful are the feet, that spread the Gospel message, How beautiful are the feet.”………………Much to my delight the composer gleaned the theme of this song from scripture! How exciting! Romans 10: 15, ……….”How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel…..and bring glad tidings of good things” The Lord is so inclusive that He has a purpose for the seemingly most taken for granted appendage of our mortal body. God has made it quite clear that we are to use our feet to go into all the world and fulfill the great commission. Unfortunately there are those who have defective and/or deformed feet that are not being used in obedience to the Lord in witnessing the Good News.
Let’s take into consideration those feet which are encumbered by callouses…………the callouses of indifference toward lost souls. Oftentimes callouses numb the area of the foot on which they have evolved. And so it is when it comes to soul-winning, the person is numb, insensitive it you will, to the need of the lost souls. These callouses need to be soaked in the living water so that they can be scrubbed away by the pumice stone of conviction. Keeping our spiritual feet free from hardened callousness will help us to become sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit when He brings someone into our pathway who needs to hear the Gospel.
Some feet have ingrown -toenails……………..painful memories of past experiences in witnessing. We need to understand that this hostility is toward God. There will be times when doors are slammed in your face; curse words are spewed out in rebuff of your witness and of course those who” gave at the office” if you catch my drift. The Bible says that we are not to become discouraged if the world hates us. The reason for this is because in John 15:18, Jesus tells us that if the world hated him, it will hate us.
Then there are the toe-nails on our feet that are plagued and disfigured with fungus…………..the fungus of sin. Sin causes us not to be in fellowship with the Lord. When this fellowship is broken we become useless vessels and the Lord cannot work through us. Although fungal infections are difficult to get rid of, God has promised in his Word that if we confess our sin he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Thus the joy of our salvation is restored and we desire to please God by sharing with others His glorious Gospel.
Hammertoes are a physical deformity………….the spiritual deformity of being conformed to this world. God specifically states that we are to come out from among them and be separate. We were not created to have fellowship with unbelievers and when this is our bent then we develop spiritual hammertoes, deformed by the pressure of worldly shoes. Our feet are to be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. The ‘shoes’ of the world are ill-fitting and thereby cause deformity to our spiritual feet. making us less effective in our gospel witness.
Bunions are caused by pressure…………. the peer pressure of what others will think. What will my unsaved friends or acquaintances think if I knock on their door? Many Christians have dealt with this issue. Romans 1:16 reminds us that we are not to be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. We are to love our friends and acquaintances so much that the fact that they are on their way to hell would overshadow our timidity. One person held onto the thought that friends would not be able to point their finger from hell and cry in a painful voice “You did not tell me!”
Our feet are to be beautiful, spiritually healthy in spreading the Gospel message. God did not make then just to wear stylish shoes. They were designed to go into all the World and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.