We all have people we admire. Many of us admire someone with good leadership skills. Others admire bravery or courage. Still others find love or gentleness admirable.
The list goes on and on. Point is, we do not admire someone for nothing. No, we admire people for a reason, for a quality they possess or have gained. And to me, the most admirable, perceivable quality in a person is that they have beautiful feet.
No, I am not referring to the leg’s lower extremity, on which a person walks and stands. I am, in fact, referring to a passage of Scripture (two, to be technical) found in Romans. Pointing back to the prophet Isaiah, and then also to Christ’s saving work at Calvary, the apostle Paul, in his letter to the church at Rome, wrote these words:
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10:14-15, ESV)
So what quality is it that I find most admirable (and, indeed, most encouraging and challenging) in an individual? A lifestyle centered around sharing the gospel, and with that, fulfilling the Great Commission–Christ’s call to every believer (Matt. 28:18-20).
But what is it about someone sharing the good news of salvation (by grace through faith in Jesus Christ) that so appeals to me? Why do I admire that quality over all other outward, perceivable qualities? Well, I will tell you: A lifestyle of sharing the gospel is almost like a glass window into the soul. Through this initial, outward window, a host of other intricately intertwined qualities come into view.
In no small way, a lifestyle centered on sharing the gospel reveals a heart of compassion for those who do not yet know our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Love for people, real and true, is vividly evident.
It reveals an inward recognition of the power of Christ’s death and resurrection; the power to save which only He possesses. And it reveals recognition of a lost world’s need for His saving grace, if only they would repent and turn to Him.
It reveals a devotion to Christ, which overcomes that devastating fear of sharing your faith with someone else. That fear of awkward situations. That fear that they will reject Him and possibly even you.
It reveals humility: a humble understanding that the message you bring is not your own. It is, in fact, the very same message that brought you to surrender: to lay down your weapons of rebellion, and to be drawn into the family of God Himself.
It reveals a trust in His authority to send His followers out, equipped with His Holy Spirit, for the purpose of telling the world of His salvation. It also reveals a trust in His power in and ever-presence with us, as He promised in the Great Commission (mentioned above) at the end of Matthew’s gospel.
So then, to me, the most admirable quality a person can have just so happens to be one which evidences numerous others. All of these (and others too which I have not included) are encompassed in what the prophet Isaiah and Apostle Paul call “beautiful feet.” The people I most admire are the ones who bring the gospel to their Jerusalem (that is, their immediate vicinities), Judea (beyond), Samaria (beyond the beyond), and “to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
And I desire to join them, having feet as beautiful as theirs.
– Drew Williams, Contributing Writer