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Topic: FEET (01/17/19)
TITLE: Simon’s Flip Flops
By Marlene Custer
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Joy welled up in my heart as I thought about the people group that had waited two thousand years for a New Testament in their own language. Seeing them embrace their new Bibles and scurry off to sit under a tree to read them is something I will never forget. Now they don’t have to rely on what others tell them the Bible says; they can read it for themselves.
As I looked at those very worn flip flops I pictured Simon’s feet in my mind. How dusty and calloused they must be. The word ‘attractive’ definitely did not come to mind. Then I recalled the words Paul wrote to the Romans. “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:15). In God’s sight Simon has some of the most beautiful feet on this planet!
“Oh, Lord, I am often consumed with pampering my feet with lotions and nail polish thinking I am making them beautiful. But that is not what makes beautiful feet in your sight.” I was impressed to grab my Bible and read the verses prior to the above passage. Paul declares, “‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ 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?” (Romans 10:13-15)
My heart rejoiced as I discovered that giving to missionaries, translators, and other proclaimers of God’s truth is just as important as actually going to another country or place. Simon did not do the translation by himself. There was a team of fellow workers.....the translators that had worked so hard on translating a similar language, those that offered hospitality so translators could concentrate on translation, churches and individuals that financially supported translators, teachers, and support staff. All of us can have a part in sharing the good news of Jesus. If we can’t actually go to faraway places, we can give so someone else can go. Our flip flops may not be worn out, but we can still have beautiful feet!
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