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His Heart, My Feet
Back a couple thousand years ago, Jesus Christ of Nazareth beckoned prospective disciples simply - ‘follow me…’.
In those days the common man travelled on foot. Occasionally small, simple wooden boats powered by oars, supplemented with sails were used. And occasionally a donkey might be employed, but more for heavy loads than people, But there were NO super-highways, jet airplanes, bicycles or ‘Air Jordan’s’ as far as I know. The wealthy, the politicians, and the military had horse drawn chariots, but everyone else was on foot; they walked.
In His last known public address, Jesus commissioned His followers-
Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature… Mark 16:15
The gospel, the ‘good news’: there IS a BETTER WAY for ANY human to navigate through the inevitable rough waters of life rather than the ‘usual’ way of ‘lying, cheating, stealing, terrorizing, and dog-eat-dog vengeance to get even. Then foolishly trying to ‘medicate’ the resulting pain when things don’t go so well!
The ‘good news’ has been given to us by our loving heavenly Father in the form of ‘instructions’ enabling us to enjoy an abundant lifetime of meaningful adventure and fellowship with Him. Even while travelling the roughest and most trying sections of the roads of life. Love, peace, patience…regardless of our circumstances. Oh – and not to mention an eternity in His presence!
ALL by His grace, and not by our own ‘merit’
How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things! Isaiah 52:7 (and Nahum 1:15, and Romans 10:15)
Now today in this age, the 21st century, while common travel includes fast luxury automobiles, supersonic airplanes, bullet rail trains both above and below ground, and ocean liners with work crews the size of small cities. Travel on foot is now almost not even considered ‘travel’, but more ‘leisure activity’. Most folks don’t get enough walking to maintain even marginal health.
Nonetheless, ‘feet’ are still an important aspect in the life of one who chooses to walk with Lord Jesus!
Consider – just as 2000 years ago we still need to wear ‘peace shoes’ on our feet –
…take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day…having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace… Ephesians 6:13-15
Not steel toed work boots. Not jogging shoes, wing tips, or penny loafers. Not water proof hiking boots. Peace shoes! What person, or peoples, has ever been bullied into His Kingdom by aggressive or otherwise unloving treatment??? By ANYthing other than love, peacefulness, kindness, gentleness….
wisdom that is from above is pure, peaceable, gentle, reasonable and will to yield, full of mercy and other good fruits… James 3:17 [‘fruits’ – by-products of clinging to the loving outstretched hand of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, our own loving heavenly Father…qualities such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control… Galatians 5:22-23]
And even more, as we travel His path HIS way, sometimes we still encounter various trials, including steep slopes and deep valleys. And sometimes His path seems to lead us to a wide ‘river’. When you come to such places, keep walking. If the trial is the river, step right into the ‘waters’.
So it was, when the people set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan [River], with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, and as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest), that the waters which came down from upstream stood still… Then the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until all the people had crossed completely over the Jordan Joshua 3:14-17
The just shall live by faith. Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38
The ‘waters’ will open for you! No, I do not guarantee. JESUS does!
One final thought regarding the importance of our feet in today’s age. If any of this seems mysterious to you…how to go about ‘walking with Jesus’, but you don’t know how to begin. Maybe, in a moment of repentance and humility, find a quiet place, alone. Then hit your knees. Shut your eyes. lower your head. And whisper –
‘Here I am; send me!’
Then start walking!