Do you have beautiful feet? I’m not talking about perfectly groomed, silky smooth feet. I’m talking about the kind of feet that God calls beautiful.
These are my beautiful feet. Yes, a little bit of self care and prayer inspired my writing today! I just painted the nails and rubbed lotion on them. They are nothing fancy really. Just your average, women’s shoe size 8 feet. But God says they are beautiful feet. Even if they were calloused and blistered with broken nails, He would still call them beautiful. This has to do with much more than physical beauty!
Why are they called Beautiful?
In Romans 10:13-15 Paul says, “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings and good things!'”
Now, not everyone has the gifts required for preaching the way we typically think of it. Not everyone can stand in front of a crowd on Sunday morning and deliver a well thought out and researched message from God’s word. God doesn’t call everyone to lead a church. However, God does call every believer to “preach” using their own gifts and lives.
Preaching with our Gifts
Romans 12:4-8 says “For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”
This is not an exhaustive list of gifts the Lord gives us to use in reaching out to the world. They are some examples. Others I can think of could be: if musically gifted, in making a joyful noise to the Lord and encouraging others to worship. If gifted in writing, in sharing the gospel through our writing. If counseling, being sure to give wise and godly counsel. I could go on and on, and I’m sure you can think of other things as well. The point is that in everything we do we should be giving glory to God, and in doing so preaching to those who see and hear us.
Preaching with our Lives
Titus 2 gives us a pretty good break down of what it looks like to live our lives in a way that gives glory to God. It includes being patient, loving, sober, and having sound speech that cannot be condemned.
Ephesians 5:1-2 says “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”
In Matthew 5:16 Jesus tells us “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Not only should we be directly telling people about God, but we should be setting an example for them in the way we live our lives. The people around us should be “hearing” us preach the gospel of peace just by watching us. I like the way that Anna at Daughter by Design says it: “You are the walking, talking, breathing testimony of God working in your life through His word. YOU are the gospel that people who have never heard of Christ get to see every day.”
And not only people who have never heard of Christ, but to everyone you come in contact with. It may be a new believer who needs a good example to follow. Your message may be seen by fellow Christians who need the accountability or the hope you preach with your life. It may be someone who once believed, but who has turned away, who will see you living your faith and come back to theirs. You may never even know the impact your preaching makes in someone else’s life! Even so, your beautiful feet can keep on carrying the good news.
Some Practical Examples
In case you need some ideas for preaching the gospel of peace, bringing glad tidings and good things, and using your beautiful feet, I’ve made a list! You all know how I love my lists!
- Take a meal to someone you know who has been ill, recently had a baby, or is home-bound. Offer to pray with them when you drop it off.
- Be patient and loving with your children.
- Show hospitality to your neighbors and your children’s friends. Invite them over to dinner/ to play.
- Be a peacemaker at work; deescalating arguments and facilitating compromise.
- If someone starts gossiping to you, respond in a way that redirects the conversation to something positive.
- Ask your server at the restaurant, your bus driver, the cashier at the grocery store, etc if there is anything you can pray for them about.
- Volunteer to read to and spend time with the elderly in a nursing home.
- Babysit for a young couple in your church so they can have a date night and take time for their marriage.
- Use your social media to give God glory.
- Be quick to listen and slow to anger when disagreements arise with anyone (James 1:19).
- Stand on your faith, unwavering, while also being kind. Speak the truth with love (Eph. 4:15).
Would the Lord think you have beautiful feet? Do you have more ideas on how to share the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings to those around you? Share with me in the comments!