Christians Have Beautiful Feet

W. Terry Varner
September 24, 2017

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns’” (Isa. 52:7, ESV).

Are your feet beautiful? Are they fitted with the preparation of the gospel of peace? If we walk in the footsteps of Jesus, we will have beautiful feet; i.e. we will eagerly share the gospel with those around us. No, the passage does not apply only to those whose vocation is preaching, but to all Christians. Have you ever seen the placard that reads; “I had no shoes and complained until I met a man who had no feet.” Feet are essential to the body. The head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you,” as the feet can reply, “Oh, yes you do.” We are the feet of the body of Christ which is the church (cf. Col. 1:18). As Christians, we are to get up and go with the gospel of peace and teach the gospel to those in the world of darkness and sin.

Peter Marshall became Chaplain of the U.S. Senate in our nation’s capital from 4 January 1947 until his untimely death on 26 January 1949. He often prayed, “Give us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.” Oh, how our America has fallen for anything!!!

Our Feet Need SpeedyShoes: We must hasten to the work of teaching and preaching the gospel. Each day we are nearer to the coming of Christ than the day before; therefore, we must hasten to the task of sharing the gospel of peace and reconciliation of man to God. The gospel (Good News) is good only if we get it to the people in time.

Our Feet Are To Be Fitted the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace. Preparation means that the Christian soldier is to be prepared or ready to go into battle against sin by being armed with the gospel of peace. George Washington the great Revolutionary War General and our first President said, “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” That is how wars are won! Many in our society do not agree with this principle. This is how we win the war against sin. We win men and women and youth and the aged to Christ with teaching the gospel. Then they teach others, etc.

David Livingstone was a Scottish Congregationalist and medical missionary with the London Missionary Society(1813-1873). He is buried in the center of Westminster Abbey, but his heart remains in Africa. He once said, “I am prepared to go anywhere, provided it be forward. I determined never to stop until I had come to the end and achieved my purpose.” We need more men and women with this type of heart which is committed to the gospel or Christ.

Our Present World and the Great Task Before us. The world is in chaos. Many live lives of despair, discouragement, and disappointment. Satan and his minions of sin have been very successful in turning the hearts and minds or people away from God and sacred things. At times it appears that few are interested in spiritual matters. God is mocked by their sins. This should trouble the Christian to where he has compassion for the lost and attempts to meet their needs by sharing the gospel. When Jesus saw people harassed, helpless, hopeless, ana lost because of sin, He had compassion on them. Let us do no less.

“The God of peace” (1 Cor 7:15) has called us to peace. We are to “proclaim peace to the nations” (Zech. 9:10). Simply put, there will be no peace on Earth until we claim peace resides in the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, as the only answer to the many problems, pain, and suffering in the world.