Years ago, I was visiting the pastor of my home church at his parsonage. It was after a busy Sunday of ministry, and he invited my wife and I into his home. He was kicking up his feet in his recliner. He then proceeded to take off his shoes and even his socks. His wife looked at him and reminded him that he had guests and shouldn’t expose his bare feet. He looked at her and announced that the Bible said he had beautiful feet and then quoted Isaiah 52:7: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, your God reigns”. Since my pastor friend was in the business of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, he declared he had beautiful feet. I am sure his wife disagreed.
The passage in Isaiah teaches us about the delightful and beautiful feet of messengers who deliver the news of the Messiah’s return to Zion to reign. His reign will be one of peace. But those messengers with beautiful feet also apply to those who are involved in carrying the gospel today. All of us can have a part in sharing the gospel. Perhaps we can get involved in teaching in our local church. We could distribute tracts and Christian literature with people we encounter in public. We can share our testimony with our neighbors or invite them to a church service or event where they can hear the good news. We can use our beautiful feet in the avenue of social media. Our posts and tweets can have a gospel content. We can also share the wonderful story of God’s love with our children and grandchildren.
The good news of Jesus Christ and the eternal life He gives is the greatest message the world has ever heard. You and I as His followers can have beautiful feet when we share that message. Even though we have beautiful feet we should probably still keep our shoes on.