“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!'”Isaiah 52:7
Clearly it is not the feet, but the mouth, which proclaims peace, which shouts out “Your God Reigns!”
But the Holy Spirit sings that the feet are beautiful.
It is the beautiful feet that climb the mountains, that carry the body to those who have never heard the good tidings, that bring the mouth to where its proclamation of salvation can be heard by those who must hear and believe — or perish.
“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!'” (Romans 10:14-15)
Beautiful feet are the answer to “And how can they preach unless they are sent?” They propel the body of Christ, carrying the Good News to those who have never heard. Those who send are the beautiful feet, the glorious underpinnings of Jesus’ Church’s mission to enable some from every nation to call on Him.
Remember “…the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. … the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’ … you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:14-27)
Let us each remember that we are a part of His body. It is the whole body that is necessary for the message to be heard — feet as well as mouth. For the nations to hear the Gospel there must be senders and sent ones. And they are both part of the same body that takes the Good News to those who have never heard.
And let those who God has made the feet that send those who are the hands and heads rejoice that He calls them beautiful.