“And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” – Romans 10:15 CSB
People generally are not fond of feet. I have had the privilege of doing short-term missions in an area of the world where coming into contact with or seeing feet is of the greatest offense. So, one might imagine, a verse such as this one strikes the ears through translation as quite strange.
Still, my wife and I were with a group that encouraged local partners in Southeast Asia for a few days and on the final evening we washed their feet. The atmosphere changed when locals began to wash our feet and the feet of each other. One particularly moving moment was for a couple to wash the feet of their toddler. You get the picture! (And if you don’t, read John 13).
What a privilege it was to wash the feet of those who truly are carrying the Gospel into the mountains of some of the unreached places of the world! I was so moved by this, I would share this message with others and teach them “I have a beautiful feet!” in English and American Sign Language. I actually would have them do ASL first because I knew no one would understand it, before it was explained. I remember one young man saying, “I have beautiful foots!”
Beloved, you have beautiful feet because you have a Savior who washes feet. Today, let’s put one foot in front of the other and share the good news, shall we?
Prayer (an old hymn)
“Father, ‘Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.’ Amen.”
John Blackmon serves as pastor of Meansville Baptist Church.