Luke 24:39,40 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as you see me have, and when he had thus spoken, he showed them his hands and his feet.
Remember that extremities are defined as:
- The farthest or outermost point of section
- The greatest or most intense degree
- The end part of a limb, as a hand or foot
- A condition of extreme need or danger
My friend was being the feet of Jesus to me! She gave what she had, without reserve, in service to me, through Him! And that is as it should be with Christians, to serve and love others with a willing heart, using hands, feet, words, or whatever means God provides for the moment.
Let’s take a closer look at our feet to discover spiritual truths about walking and running our race as a believer.
The Foot – It carries the whole of the weight – likewise; be the foot, carry one another’s burden.
Fun Foot Fact - Did you know that your foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments, and a whopping 250,000 sweat glands? That may seem like a lot of anatomy in a relatively small package, but then again, your feet are charged with the very important task of supporting the entire body. How well do you help support the body of Christ? I implore you to think of others more highly than yourself. Be the feet of Christ and carry the Good News to the lost, walk with those who are going through a difficult season, or carry another's burden.
“Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
S - Spiritual planning calls us to not only focus on what is on our horizontal viewpoint (i.e. earthly) but also to look upward at the spiritual world (i.e. heavenly). Like the shape of the cross.
C – Christ Centered planning - Is He directing your steps?
H – use a “Helpful” planner – write times down! Plan time that is open – space to allow for ministry
E - Edify and encourage one another
D – Disciplines – habits of prayer, Bible study, meditating
U – Useful hints: think about your growth, helping others, you spiritual calling, getting enough sleep, sacrificing, resolving relational tension, and rest.
L – Limit your scheduling – Don’t be afraid to say no! Don’t take on someone’s else’s schedule, (ie David putting on the armor of King Saul) it’s not designed for you.
E – Elasticity – be flexible – change directions if necessary.
The Christian life demands much balance and we must think and act accordingly.
Fun Toe Fact - A reoccurring turf toe injury, where a toe is hyperextended, forced Jack Lambert (NFL Linebacker) to exit the league in 1984.
A simple sprang can put you on the sideline! Don't over extend!
The Arch – Like a bridge, it provides strength. Are we strong in our beliefs? Are helping others cross the bridge from sin and death to new life? Are we strong enough to help support others?
Ephesians 6: 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
Also when we “feed my sheep,” that also strengthens others as we teach, encourage, and admonish them. We are to build up or encourage one another, help make others strong. Read 1 Thess. 5:11
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.…
"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." Hebrews 12: 1-3 ESV
There are times in life that I find myself running away from something, running to something other than God’s best for me, and there are times when I no longer run at all. I’m at a standstill…paralyzed! It’s hard to be mobile or run the race when our feet are in pain. Perhaps your heels are cracked or you have blisters. These represent those random occurrences of painful events (wounds) in our lives. You try to put a healing salve on them and they temporarily heal. But after a period of time, they seem to crack in the same place again or other blisters occur.
Look to Jesus, He is the perfecter of our faith. Perhaps your posture should be that of kneeling instead of limping along. Take your feet to a specialist! When my feet are equipped with support from my orthotics (metaphorically: standing on the Word of God), and surrounded by thick cushy socks (prayer from trusted friends), and enveloped by a snuggly fitted shoe (empowered by the Holy Spirit), I find that my race, my journey, my goal, my mission, and my means of service to others becomes one that is attainable, joyful, and purposeful. I must admit, there are times that I don’t feel like running, and the longer I stay off of my feet, the harder it is to get going. If you have struggled with plantar issues, you can relate!
"He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the LORD. How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust..." Psalm 40:2-4a
God gave us 5 toes to help us walk and run. He gave me 5 points (one for each toe) to share with you.
1. Big Toe – Walk in the Spirit – It’s the most important thing to do.
For it you are walking in the Spirit, you need not worry about many things. Gal. 5:16-25
2. Walk NOT in the council of the ungodly – Ps.1
3. Walk in wisdom – Col.4:5
4. Walk the same way Jesus walked - I Jn. 2:6
5. Walk NOT alone – Ecc. 4: 9,10 Everyone needs another with whom they can journey and
Just my pondering: (a little Lagniappe)
I had this thought the other day. After Jesus' death on the cross and the resurrection, our sin is washed away and we are made white as snow if we trust Christ as Savior, making us ready to walk in step with Him, for service and Kingdom purposes. Pre-crucifixion, Jesus washed the disciples feet. They already "walked in step with Him" but He washed their feet...he prepared them to go...serve...minister...
And of course, He did this to set an example.
14 If I then, your Master and Rabbi, have washed your feet,
it is also your duty to wash one another’s feet.
15 For I have set you an example in order that
you may do what I have done to you. (John 13)
I believe that the example was not only an example of humility, or that we should literally wash one another's feet, but that we should serve one another, with no thought to our standing or position...no one is greater than another! (vs 16)
In the Old Testament tabernacle, we find a striking picture of this need for washing. Before entering the Holy Place to represent the people before God, the priest would first stop at the bronze alter where an innocent animal would be offered as a sacrifice for his own sin and for the sin of the people. Then he would move to a bronze basin – the laver – where he would wash his hands, returning to the laver throughout the day as he performed his sacred duties.
What can we learn from this cleansing ritual? Obviously, you and I do not always live up to our holy position and prospect. We live in a corrupt world; we inhabit a contaminated flesh; we have a way of getting our spiritual feet, hands, and clothes soiled from the temptations and rigors of the day. So we, too, when we come into God’s presence – though our sin has been blotted out by the blood of Christ – must come to the “laver” to wash our hands and feet of whatever may have defiled us, being purified by the pure “water” of His Word.
That is why, as I open His Word and begin to read, I often pray: “Lord, wash me with Your Word.”
So let us frequently ask the Holy Spirit – before and after reading the Scripture, and throughout the day – to apply His Word to our hearts, cleansing and purifying us of all sin. “Sanctify [us] in the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17).
What has His Word revealed in your heart recently? Be quick to agree with Him, humbly confess any sin, appropriate His cleansing grace, and rise up to serve Him in the freedom and joy of a pure heart.
Walk to honor God, walk to serve your neighbor, walk to tell the Good News of Jesus Christ, walk with confidence that He who has begun a good work in you will be faithful to complete it! (Phil. 1:6)
Walking with you for His Kingdom purposes,
The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss (Cleansing Properties)
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