Friday, June 18, 2010
Pastor's Perspective - Shoe Leather Gospel
How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
"Your God reigns!" - Isaiah 52:7
Year ago I heard an elderly preacher make the statement while holding his worn Bible aloft, "Folks, this is a shoe leather gospel." In other words, the good news of the grace Christ offers does not permeate humanity by some passive spiritual osmosis. It requires action, proactivity, surrender, availability and the willingness to go. That when Jesus said, "Go ye", He meant "Go ME" - and me going means motion.
Recently my wife Michelle took the above photo of her feet and our four youngest children's feet on the beach in Monterey. I love this image because I adore my family and yes, their feet! Everything about the five people in the photo is beautiful, appreciated and important to me. Their tootsies represent their uniqueness and attributes. Likewise, their feet represent their journeys, and our ability to do like together. I simply love their feet.
Paul reminds us in Romans 10:15 that there is another Father who loves His children's feet - especially when those feet are moving cooperatively with His Spirit to make a difference in our various communities; sharing with them the love and message of Jesus Christ.
So, what do your feet look like?
Pedicures are helpful, but humble obedience to share this hope-giving good news, according to the Bible, makes them beautiful! Ours is a 'shoe leather gospel'.
Join us this Sunday at 9 & 11am.