Beautiful Feet

Romans 10:13-15 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 of good things!”

The Apostle Paul quoted from Isaiah 52:7 in this passage. Isaiah anticipated a time when in the Babylonian Captivity, the city of Jerusalem would lie in ruin. Isaiah spoke with a sense of urgency to the Jews, telling them to wake up. They had known God’s judgment, but by his grace they would know his salvation. The messengers of God would bring good news to a broken land of Judah’s redemption. Babylon would be defeated and the Jews would be able to rebuild their city and restore their Temple.

We do not often think of feet as being beautiful. In Jesus’ day, people walked the unpaved roads and trails, and their feet would often be covered with dust and dirt. Yet those who partner with God to reach people with the good news, are said to have beautiful feet! Feet are related to movement, progress, and work. The feet which bring the good news, offer glad tidings of good things. The word “bring” indicates announcing the good news. It is amazingly good news and the presence of messengers of the gospel, is indeed beautiful.

Believers are taught to put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-13). Part of the armor is described “as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace,” v15. We should be prepared and ready to share the gospel of peace with all who need salvation.

God is concerned with what you do with your feet. May others see our feet as beautiful, because the message of the good news we bring to them in Jesus Christ. Let’s get moving!