Earley: Do you have beautiful feet?

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By Al Earley

Did you hear about the guy born with two left feet? He went out one day to buy some Flip Flips. I challenge you to go find a funny story about feet. I only found a few and they were not appropriate for a religion column. Perhaps foot humor is hard to find because all we have to do is look at our own feet and that is all the humor we can stand dealing with feet. I think my feet are hilarious with all the strange toe nails, odd skin formations and things toe nails collect. My kids just think they are gross. They say they don’t feel so good when they look at my feet.

That makes these words so amazing. The Bible says you and I can have beautiful feet! It doesn’t come without a price, but what would you pay to have beautiful feet? The text that follows is a little long, but I promise you will find out how to have beautiful feet if you keep reading. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ ”

There you have it. Take the Good News of the Gospel to someone and you will have beautiful feet. In 1962, missionaries Don and Carol Richardson went to New Guinea to bring the Good News of Christ to a group of people known as the Sawi. The Sawi were a headhunting, cannibalistic tribe who used the skulls of their victims as pillows. He wrote a book about his experience called Peace Child. He began his work among the Sawi by reading through the Gospel of Matthew. To his consternation when he got to the part of Judas betraying Christ, everyone cheered. He did not realize that their culture was one built around treachery. The one who was the most devious was the one who had the most respect in their tribe. The missionary searched for every possible means to explain the greatness of God’s gift of truth and pure love to a people whose values were based on deceit.

Then one day, he witnessed a solemn ceremony between two warring tribes. One of the chiefs walked over to the other and handed him a child. In fact, it was the chief’s own son. Their custom had been that peace could come between two tribes only if the chief of one of the tribes would give his son over to the people of the other tribe. He was called the “peace child.” The chief would place his own son in the hands of a people who hated him. It was the only way to bring peace between them. Richardson saw in this act the perfect bridge to help these people understand what God had done. God had given his “peace child” into the hands of a hostile world in order to bring the hostility between us to an end

The Richardson’s had beautiful feet. It is important to note that you can have the same without becoming a missionary in another country. There are plenty of people to share the gospel with in your neighborhood, in the office, at your school and in your family. Begin by praying to God for guidance who needs you to share the gospel. As God puts people into your mind continue praying the doors will open to speak to them about faith or invite them to worship with you.

Then be open to God opening the doors for you to walk through and share the gospel. Once you have done so look at your feet. At least in the eyes of God they will be absolutely beautiful.

Are your feet ugly? Would you like beautiful feet? Have you ever shared the good news of Jesus Christ with someone or invited them to your church? Do you struggle with thoughts about faith being too personal a topic to talk with others about? Have you ever tried prayer as a way to let God open others up to sharing with them so they will hear your words in the way you meant to share them? Dare to have beautiful feet. It will change your life and the people you share the faith with forever.

Al Earley is pastor of La Grange Presbyterian Church. To find out more about Al Earley or read previous articles see www.lagrangepres.com.