The Bible says the feet that take the gospel and proclaim it to the lost are beautiful (Romans 10:15). A church filled with people engaged in missions is filled with beautiful feet.
Most feet are not beautiful. Mine are not. However, they are made beautiful when they move and go on mission. The gospel transforms the feet of those who carry the good news of Jesus to others. Here are some ways missional feet are beautiful:
Missional feet go to proclaim the gospel. In Romans 10:15, the feet are beautiful because they carry the messenger of the life-transforming gospel.
Missional feet go to serve the hurting. Through kingdom people who have experienced a bounty of grace in Christ, mercy and justice are extended to God’s image-bearers.
Missional feet go to love others. The Bible is filled with themes about welcoming the outsider and stranger (Lev. 19:33–34). Not only does God desire for us to welcome the stranger, we are also called to go to and love them. This requires intentional movement towards those with whom we would not regularly cross paths (John 4:3-42). This also means that we intentionally love others when we receive no immediate return (Jam. 1:17).
Missional feet go in community. Mission is intricately tied to community. Much of what I have said in this chapter is possible only as we go with others. The missional value of community is highlighted in Hebrews 10. The writer explains that we are to “provoke one another to love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). The corporate language used by the writer of Hebrews says a lot. We need some provocation by one another to missional activation.
In the Gospel of John we read the most moving passage concerning a theology of feet (13:1–17). In the loving act of washing his disciples' feet, Jesus proves his love for them, signifying the washing away of sins through his death. At the end of the day, missional means we join Jesus on mission. We stoop. We pick up the towel. We go to the lost and the hurting. Beautiful feet. Washing feet. In doing this we not only love the world, but encourage one another. I do not have naturally beautiful feet. However, in Christ they are made beautiful as we go on mission with God together.
There are people all around us who are weary and broken, people who have endured hard paths in life. Following our Savior, let us serve them and point to the only One who can give them pure cleansing and true rest. While we are here, wandering in our temporary dwelling, let us use our feet to bring glory to Jesus. We know that one day we will fall at his beautiful feet in awe-inspiring worship. In light of our destination, let’s bring others with us as we journey that way.
Let’s have missional feet.