Former Marine Keith Levasseur ran the 2012 Baltimore Marathon, finishing 29th with a time of 1.46.58. At first glance, his time doesn’t seem all that impressive.
But before you judge the marathoner’s feat, consider what he put on his feet. Levasseur wore flimsy flip-flops instead of expensive running shoes, and ran as fast and hard as he could.
The 34-year-old athlete—whose feet and quads were extra sore after finishing the marathon—ran the race wearing sandals in order to earn a spot in the amazing Guinness World Records for an unique entry entitled, “fastest marathon completed in flip-flops”.
If you raced through the streets in a big marathon, which popular brand of running shoes would you choose to wear? Nike. Puma. Saucony. Rebok.
If you attempted something wild like Levassor’s world-record feat, what would be your crazy alternative to running shoes? Slippers. Moccasins. Boots. Socks.
No matter what you pulled out of your closet that morning, folks would focus on your unusual running feat because of what you put on your feet.
Did you know God focuses on your feet?
Romans 10:14-15 says, “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!’”
So, if you’re a Christ-follower who’s sharing the good news of Jesus with people around you, God sees your feet—and says they’re winsome, attractive and beautiful.
In other words, God sees and values your decision to go and share the good news of Jesus with the people you encounter every day.
When God sees your heart and feet taking you from one person and one place to another so you can share the good news of our Savior, he smiles and approves. It’s as if he stops and says, “That’s awesome. Keep going and sharing!”
Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” That’s why you and I must love people and talk about our Savior. Otherwise, they may never have an opportunity to hear and respond to the good news of Jesus.
So then, let’s entrust our “average” feet to God for the “amazing” feat of lifestyle evangelism—going and sharing the good news with people everywhere!