Do you like to get a pedicure? I enjoy them, but I especially like to get a pedicure in the spring and summer and have bright colored toes with creative designs on them. There is just something about polished toes that finishes off an outfit and makes it beautiful.
Paul, however, said it takes more than pretty toes to have beautiful feet. In Romans 10:15b he says “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” The exclamation point is his, not mine. He was excited when he made that statement.
So how does one gain beautiful feet in Paul’s opinion? To find the answer, you have to back up another verse and read Romans 10:14 and all of 15. “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!” You gain beautiful feet by carrying the Good News of Jesus Christ to any and all you encounter.
These verses were the theme verses of one of my mission trips to Ghana and I saw them come to life before my very eyes. It was during the dry season in Ghana, so needless to say, our feet were almost always covered with dirt from the roads. Keeping them clean seemed to be almost impossible; however, they were constantly beautiful. As I watched my team paint the walls of an orphanage or rock babies who rarely were held, they were walking on beautiful feet. As they trudged through the bush to hold Bible club in a village, they walked on beautiful feet.
I’ve also seen beautiful feet walk across a street to take a meal to a neighbor who was sick or to mow the grass of a single mother because she couldn’t get to it. At any time when you are extending the love of Christ to others, you are a living testimony to the goodness of God and you are walking on beautiful feet.
As much as I love a good pedicure, and could really use one right now, they are not required to have truly beautiful feet. The only thing necessary for truly beautiful feet is a yielded and willing heart.