Are Your Feet Beautiful?

Romans 10:15 (ESV)
“And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

While Paul was not being literal here in assessing the physical appearance of one’s feet, he was quoting from Isaiah 52:7 regarding the importance of the runners who carried messages in those days. The “good news” the runners would bring is the reason Isaiah referred to the runner’s feet as beautiful and why it was so appropriate for Paul to use this OT verse when describing those who share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Going back to the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, mankind has since been in a constant state of enmity with God (Romans 5:10). Adam’s fall broke fellowship and destroyed the harmony between God and man, causing alienation from the Creator. Before there could again be peace, a change would be required in man or in God—or both; and since God is unchanging (Psalm 55:19; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8; James 1:17), it became essential that the change come from man.

What is amazing about this situation and one that needs to be stressed, is that while we were at enmity with God, He provided the way for us to change (2 Corinthians 5:18; Romans 5:8). The plan of salvation is from divine origin, for only God could provide such a Perfect Sacrifice to reconcile us and save us from the guilt of sin. This is what Paul refers to in Romans 5:1, that we are justified by our faith in Jesus Christ and it is in those who share the Good News (Gospel) of Christ, who share this message of peace, whose feet are beautiful.

Central to this passage is the importance of missions; sending out those to share the Gospel with a dying world. Regardless if we are the ones sent or not, we have a role to play. We who have partaken of the grace of God should pray for those who are sent. We should support such workers anyway we can: financially, emotionally, and in prayer so the Holy Spirit can open the deaf ears of the hearers, who cannot understand spiritual truth (1 Corinthians 2:14; Acts 16:14). As long as there are people in the world today who have not heard the Gospel, the commission Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:18-20 still remains in effect.

And this should be the takeaway from this post: What can you personally do, as a believer in Christ, to spread His message of salvation today? We need not look on the other side of the globe to fulfill our part. We need only to faithfully pray for God to place us in the paths of the lost and be ready to respond “Here am I” should He call you to be sent elsewhere to share His message (Isaiah 6:8).

By being faithful to this call, you will indeed have beautiful feet.