I love shoes.
Does that sound typically female? (Oh, I hope not…)
But I do have more than one pair.
No worries – I'm not even close to beating Imelda Marcos' record (anyone remember her? She had like 2700 pairs of shoes in her many closets. Can you spell OCD??)
I've got shoes for walking, and shoes for lounging. Shoes for the rain, shoes for hot days, shoes for in-between. I've got cute shoes and practical shoes. Dressy shoes, and then even dressier shoes – those would be the high heels. (Question – do shoe manufacturers realize that our feet are not shaped like Barbie's?? Just sayin'…)
Shoes have purpose.
Even if that purpose is just for making my feet look cute. (You're probably wondering – I wear a size 6. Used to be a size 5 until two babies flattened those puppies out…)
My shoes take me all over the place. I accomplish many things in my shoes. I get the *have-to* stuff done in life, the *really-ought-to* duties, the *yeah-OK-I-probably-should* things – but I also spend quite a bit of time in my *just-kicking-back* fun mode, too.
But, the other day I got to thinking.
Is there something more I'm supposed to be doing in my shoes?
And then, I was hit with a profound thought.
Someone else is literally walking in my shoes every day.
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me." (Galatians 2:20, NIV)
I immediately had this picture in my mind. A pair of feet, shod in rather shabby, well-worn sandals. Dusty, dirty – maybe calloused and blistered. Sandals that literally walked all over the place.
I read somewhere recently that someone actually calculated the miles between the many towns and places that Jesus visited. It was rather startling. No cars, no mass transportation, not even a bicycle.
To reach people with His message – His very Good News.
Am I not to do the same?
After all, one of those wardrobe items from Scripture is the Ephesians *shoes of peace*:
"For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared." (Ephesians 6:15, NLT)
The Shoes of Peace represent our readiness to share the gospel message. We must never leave home without them.
Every day, and in every way, I am carrying Jesus to people.
His hands, His feet, His words – His love, His kindness, His joy, His peace.
People won't literally see His face, no – but are they seeing His face in MINE?
I'd like to think so. And I know they will be better able to see Him if I make a conscious effort to move out of HIS way and let Him do the walking and talking. I'm not going to win any souls to Christ on my own – that is the work of the Holy Spirit.
But I do believe that I make the Gospel more or less attractive by my behavior.
So I ask myself these questions:
Do I resemble the Lord?
Do I act, think, speak like Him?
Do I reach out to the ones that He would reach out to?
Am I willing to walk in His shoes for the sake of others?
Am I willing to walk in their shoes for the sake of Jesus?
The answers will have a profound impact on my priorities. They have the potential to turn my life upside down. I want them to…
So I'm putting on my Jesus sandals.
Lord, where do YOU want to go today?
How can you let Jesus walk in your shoes?
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