MOUSEY MOMENT … HAPPY FEET!
I don’t know about you, but at one time I thought one of the least interesting parts of the human anatomy were feet. I don’t mean to be offensive, but I have never seen feet that I thought were beautiful. Feet are functional (they allow you to stand, walk, run, and jump) but I wouldn’t call them beautiful. If you study feet, you will be amazed to discover how important they are to your very existence.
You take about 10,000 steps each day so you can see how important your feet are. Our feet will carry us the equivalent of five times around the earth in an average lifespan. Yet, we barely pay attention to them. Did you know that if you were to lose just a little toe on one foot, you would have to learn to walk all over again?
Ask any doctor how important feet are. Doctors have known for thousands of years that feet are actually mirrors of our health. Many times, signs of diabetes, arthritis, circulatory or neurological diseases often appear first in your feet.
The foot consists of twenty-six bones, all of which are vital to balancing the body and giving the body the ability to walk. Have you ever thought about how one foot problem can literally stop you dead in your tracks? Corns, bunions, athlete’s foot, gout, ingrown toenails, turf toe, heel spurs and stress fractures can literally put you in a wheelchair. And the number one cause of foot problems is wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. So it’s worth looking after this part of our body isn’t it!
Have you noticed that the bottoms of your feet are a bit ticklish? That’s because you have many nerve endings there. The bottoms of your feet also have extra thick skin to protect and cushion your foot when you walk. Your remarkable feet give you balance and help you stand straight and tall. Your feet provide good support and keep you in contact with the ground.
We can think about our faith in God in a similar way. Your faith (belief in God) gives you support for the good things you want to do with your life. Think of your belief in God’s love as something that gives you balance. It helps you know what is important. It keeps you on the right track and prevents you from falling into bad decisions.
Listen to this Bible verse: “… continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel …” (Colossians 1:23).
The Bible teaches us to be grounded in God’s love. Have good balance and be steady in your beliefs. Do not be moved away from the hope of God’s love.
The prophet Isaiah tells us something about God and feet. “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7)
Believe it or not, God thinks feet are beautiful. Not primarily because of how they look, but because of where they can go. God says the feet of anyone who is willing to go anywhere and share with anybody the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ are beautiful feet.
Whether your feet carry you across the street or around the world to share your story of how Christ has changed your life, your feet will make God happy when you take a step toward being on mission for Him. Look at your feet, think of your feet, and let your feet remind you of several things.
I. Our Feet Remind Us We Have A Message To Share
The feet that are described as being “beautiful” in this verse are the feet of those who bring the good news of Christ Risen, enable others to find peace with God, and are willing to share the good tidings of salvation. This is the missionary message. Think about this. Who needs “good news,” “peace,” “good news of happiness,” and “salvation”? The answer is easy – everybody! Neither geographical distance, nor language barriers, nor cultural differences should stop our feet from carrying the gospel to those who need to hear it. Every person on earth, regardless of their race, wealth, education, position or influence, needs to hear the good news about the love of God and the salvation that comes through Jesus Christ.
II. Our Feet Remind Us We Have A Mission To Fulfil
Isaiah does not speak here of the beauty of the eyes or the lips or the hands. He speaks of the beauty of the feet. It is one thing to see the need of a world that is without Christ. It is another thing to know that the Word of God is the answer. It is important to serve God where we are, but none of these things matter if we do not go to where people need to hear the gospel and then take the gospel to those very people.
Obviously the reason why the emphasis is put on feet is because in biblical times the primary mode of travel was walking. Today we can fly, we can drive, we can sail, but the urgency is still the same. Doors are open, but they shut so quickly. Opportunities are many, but they end so soon. Our feet need to take us where we can go while we can go.
III. Our Feet Remind Us We Have A Method To Use
Notice one more time that these are “feet” that bring good news, that proclaim peace, that bring good news of happiness and that announce salvation. When you really get right down to it, God only has one method for what we call “missions” and that is feet.
I believe we ought to use every available method we can to reach anyone we can for the gospel of Christ. We ought to use every technological invention known to man – television, radio, the Internet, leaflets, books, CDs, DVDs and pod casts. However, I want to remind you the number one method will always be feet because God still uses people to reach people. No technology in the world would be effective without people to use it. The point is even though God’s message is still the Gospel, and God’s mission is to reach the world, God’s method is still happy feet that share this message, that fulfil this mission and that use this method. The happiest feet are the feet that belong to people who are telling people about Jesus.
Shoe styles change every year, socks and stockings may look very different, but the feet never change. That is exactly why the Bible says in Ephesians 6:15, when describing the Armour of God, “… with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” (Ephesians 6:15, NLT).
As you look at your feet remember there are still many miles to walk, many places to go, many people to tell, many sermons to preach, many stories to share and we still need every foot available to go across the street as well as around the world to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
So let’s start walking!