Editor’s note: This month’s devotion is adapted slightly from Serving in His Steps, a devotion book intended to encourage those who serve the Savior. Lay leaders may want to use this month’s devotion as a reading during October’s Pastor Appreciation events.
Runners take good care of their feet. They take great care as they buy shoes. They don’t mind spending a few extra dollars on socks. They keep their toenails trimmed. They stretch their Achilles’ tendons. They are always on the lookout for the latest treatments for blisters and athlete’s foot. When you’re a runner, foot care is not optional.
Even so, few runners would enter their feet in a beauty contest! Toenails sometimes turn black. Calluses form—often in the most unsightly places. And no matter how careful we are, new shoes often cause blisters.
Those who run for fun and exercise usually can’t boast of having beautiful feet. But those who run with the message of Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, always can! Certainly our pastor and other staff members here at (name your church) fit into the “beautiful feet” category! God’s prophet, Isaiah, once wrote (52:7):
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!”
Every one of Christ’s ambassadors walks on beautiful feet! Every special envoy of heaven’s High King carries the message of a wonderful salvation, the salvation Jesus himself won for us on Calvary’s cross. That message can’t help but beautify every part of us—even our feet!
As Isaiah says, our pastor, church staff, and volunteers . . .
- Bring good news—the news of sins forgiven.
- Proclaim peace—the peace of heart that comes to all who abandon rebellion and receive instead our Father’s love.
- Bring good tidings—tidings of great joy for everyone who clings to Jesus in faith.
- Proclaim salvation—that God-given gift of wholeness in spirit, purpose in life, comfort in trouble, hope in tragedy, and heaven in death.
A beautiful message—one carried on beautiful feet!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, yours are the most beautiful feet of all! In them, we see a reminder of the nails that held you to the cross—the cross you endured to save us. Thank you for our pastor(s) and for others who serve us in your name. Their feet are beautiful, too! Teach us to respect, love, and honor them more and more. May our words and attitudes always encourage them in the important work they do in your name. Amen.
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