Prior to Fed Ex, UPS and the United States Postal Services, important messages were delivered by a single individual. Some traveled by boat, others used horses and during the Industrial Revolution via train. However, in the Old Testament, messengers relied on less conventional methods, camels, donkeys or sandals by foot. Perhaps, this explains the comment below by a prophet upon receiving good news.
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,” Isaiah 52:7.
The New Testament refers to feet in the context of spiritual armor. One of the pieces of Roman armor consisted of special shoes with cleats to dig into the ground. This enabled soldiers to stand their ground when attacked. The symbolism of these shoes suggests that when your footing is secure, your feet are ready to deliver the gospel of peace. As faith matures, individuals develop a spiritual hunger, eager to spread the good news about Jesus Christ.
And having strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news], Ephesians 6:15.
To a certain extent, the content of your daily conversations reveal your spiritual readiness. If you are like me, I experience many ebbs and flows, often hot and cold spiritually. As you open your mouth, what message are you delivering? Is it demoralizing, encouraging or lame? Are you positive, negative or somewhere in between? As Thanksgiving and Christmas approaches, strap on your spiritual shoes so that no one misses the reason for this upcoming season.
by Jay Mankus