Who hasn’t read the classic “Cinderella,” the story of a beautiful young lady who lost her glass slipper at the great ball? Cinderella’s feet were so delicate and so beautiful that only her feet could fit the exquisite glass slipper. Because this glass slipper could only fit the foot of the graceful woman whom he had met at the ball, the prince used it locate his new now lost love. As the prince searched high and low for her, he thought about how her beautiful feet had danced so gracefully that night, more gracefully than all the other ladies at the ball. He thought that he would like to enjoy her grace and beauty the rest of his life.
After much searching for Cinderella, he found the poor girl being held prisoner at the home of a family who did not love her, but treated her badly and forced her to do their chores. The prince set her free and took her to his palace and married her. He freed her from a life of captivity and drudgery, and made her his princess. The prince knew that Cinderella's beautiful feet could only be beautiful when they weren't held captive behind closed doors.
There may be a good lesson there for us Christians.
Some of you may not believe me when I say, “You have beautiful feet, too – just as beautiful as Cinderella’s.” You may be thinking, “You obviously haven’t seen my feet.” Well, that’s true, I haven’t. Your feet may not fit in a delicate glass slipper and you may not be able to dance as gracefully as Cinderella; in fact, you may even have a huge wart on your big toe. Nonetheless, the Bible says that makes no difference. In Romans 10:15, we read:
“How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things."
Any time we walk up to a neighbor or friend or stranger and share what Jesus has done in our lives, we show that we indeed have beautiful feet. Any time our feet are carrying the Good News to the lost and despairing people of this world, our feet are bearing glad tidings. When we see someone in our path who is in need or hurting and we help them, we are bringing good things to them in the name of Jesus. Undeniably, this is something beautiful!
However, if we aren’t willing to take that walk, our feet cannot become beautiful. Like Cinderella, our feet only become beautiful when they aren’t held captive behind closed doors.
“But how can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them… how beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”