Sunday, October 23, 2011

Feet


This past Thursday at C4's midweek service, we were honored to have Pastor Theron Hobbs Sr., the Senior Pastor of University City Church of God, come and speak to us. Pastor Theron did an excellent job and I was just blown away with the truths in his message. He began by talking about all he's learned from us...the college kids...including new vocabulary, new clothing styles, and the fact that college kids seem to have a strong dislike for shoes. I kinda laughed because as he started to speak, I had taken my shoes off.

He spoke about the past Sunday and how during worship, he kept focusing on the bare feet of the band members and the shoes that littered the stage...and how that had struck a chord in his heart. He began to show us just how much the Bible has to say about feet.
Psalm 8:6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet
Psalm 18:33 He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights.
Psalm 22:16 For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet
Psalm 25:15 My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
Psalm 31:8 and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.
Psalm 119:101 I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word.
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Psalm 119:133 Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
Proverbs 1:15-16 my son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths,for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.
Proverbs 4:26 Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.
Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.
Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns."
Deuteronomy 11:24 Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours. Your territory shall be from the wilderness to the Lebanon and from the River, the river Euphrates, to the western sea.
Jeremiah 10:23 I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.
When the Bible talks about our feet, it's not just talking about our physical feet...it's talking about our step...our lifestyle. It's speaking of the way we fashion our lives, the position we hold and the direction we are going.  Is your life postured in a way that you are following Christ?
 
We often hear the phrase, "The journey is the destination"...but in reality, it depends on who you are walking with. When you walk with Jesus...he is your destination, he is the one who makes you whole. In John chapter 6, the disciples were in a boat miles from land...when Jesus came and walked to them on the water and they invited him in the boat...they immediately reached land. When Jesus is in our lives, when he's in the boat with us, we have reached land...we are whole.
 
We weren't meant to walk our journey alone. From the beginning of time, God never intended us to be alone. When no suitable helper could be found for Adam, God created Eve to be there for him. It's not just about getting married either...God puts people into our lives to help us out...to walk with us. We need each other.
 
God calls us to walk in relationships and sometimes relationships mean sacrifice. We are called to serve and care for one another. The Creator of the Universe knelt down and washed the disciples feet. He calls us to live a sanctifying life, to keep our lives clean and purified...when we have been wronged to shake the dust from our feet and walk in a new way. What dust is attached to your feet? What is the dust that you are carrying around from the past? What dusty trail brought you to where you are right now?
 
Pastor Theron's message really made me think about the significance of taking my shoes off at church. Some might see it as disrespectful...and others, like myself, had never thought about it before...but I started looking and there were three passages that stood out to me:
Exodus 3:5 Then he said, "Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."
Joshua 5:15 And the commander of the LORD’s army said to Joshua, "Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy." And Joshua did so.
Acts 7:33 Then the Lord said to him, 'Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.
 
In each of these verses, it's a command...the place you are in is holy, take your sandals off because God wants to speak with you. It really blew me away...I've grown up in church, most of the time barefoot and never thought about the significance of removing my shoes and being met by God.
 
After Pastor Theron finished, Jordan got up and shared what had been on his heart as Pastor Theron had spoken. He said that the thing that struck him the most was that Jesus came to serve, not to be served...then after he served...he died...for me. How great is the God we serve? He came from the lowest place...he was born in a barn in a shepherd's city - the poorest city around...he grew up, lived a perfect life and then was betrayed by me...he took a beating that not even the worst criminal deserves, he was mocked, had a crown of thorns shoved on his head, was mocked some more...then crucified...Roman crucifixion was brutal and long, he had to carry his own cross, the one he had to die on and he carried it knowing what he was going to do. He took 3 nails and a spear in his side, much torment, then he died and was buried. Usually the story stops there...we live, we die, there's a nice little obituary in the paper, people talk about us for a few days and then we are forgotten except for a few markings on a gravestone. But Jesus...we're still talking about him 2011 years later.
 
Praise God! He is so amazing, definitely worthy of our worship and our hearts. He wants to walk with us, are you setting your focus and direction on him?
 

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