Pretty Feet

Take a moment and look at your feet.  We don’t often consider them.  For most of us they are the last thing we dress in the day and that is almost a formality as we slide on our shoes.

An afterthought, perhaps, but scripture tells us in 1 Cor 12: 21-22: ‘The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.’  In context, the passage is speaking to us about us all being in the body of Christ, but it does give us an insight to feet as well.

Yet, this overlooking of feet can be seen when Mary anointed Jesus’ feet in Luke 7:36-50 as well:

When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.  A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume.  As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.  When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”  Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”  Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.  Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.  You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.  You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.  Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”  Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”  The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Simon the Leper had overlooked the usual conventions of hospitality and not tended to Jesus’ feet.  The humble ignored.

But Jesus went on to give a greater example when He washed feet in John 13: 3-17: 

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God;  so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.  After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.  He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”  Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.  Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean. When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.  “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.  Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

Humility (and feet) are again emphasised.  The humble celebrated in example.

But feet have an important purpose.   Jesus said, “Go into all the world and make disciples (Mark 16:15).”  Going requires travel, and feet come into their own in this department.

The Gospel was spead by those willing to share their experience.  Be it on Pentecost in Acts 2; Philip and the Ethiopian in Acts 8:26-40; Peter and the Roman in Acts 10:1-11:18; or Paul and the Macedonian call of Acts 16:6-10.  As “we go,”we empower others’ feet too.

We are ambassadors in word and example, Titus 2:11-14.  Each have our testimony, and it is our mission to share it.

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? 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 anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Look again and see how pretty those feet of yours are.


From today’s sermon notes

Sift You As Wheat


When troubles arise

To sift as wheat

Stand firm in faith

Not surrendering in grief

For when you prevail

And gain victory

It will be an example

For your brothers to see


Luke 22:31 – Thank you for a powerful message Pastor Vince.

The List

It is time for a reality (and grammar) check. “I’m on a list,” and “I’m on the A-list” don’t mean the same thing. In this world, in which celebrities and so-called “influencers” believe they are exempt from consequences and proport their own importance, there needs to be some self-reflection. Many who clamor for fame do little to actually make any positive change for society, much less humanity. Virtue signalling does not promote social justice, just the signaller.

Here is where the list comes in. Do we, yes that includes me, truly show the love of our fellow man? Are we the proverbial Samaritans Luke 10:25-37, the sheep among goats Matthew 25:31-46? Are we striving for righteousness?

In the end it will lead to the only list that counts: 11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation chapter 20).


Shall Ascend

Do not to me, for now, cling

But this message to my brothers bring

That I have arisen from the dead

Just as I have before said

I now prepare to our Father ascend

I into the world them shall send

To teach the message of salvation free

For those who believe and follow me


John 20

Time To Reflect

It is the day commonly called Good Friday. For some it is no more than an additional bank holiday. For others it is a day of religious significance. But significant how? Are we focusing on merely the events of the sacrifice of Jesus? Are we feeling compassion for His suffering and pain? Or are we personally engaging with the fact that it each of us individually that sent Him there?

It is a time to reflect

On an event from so long ago

One that redeemed me

In ways that I can’t even know

For my sins are so many

My mistakes, so frequent, that I fail to see

The mountain of my transgressions

The extent of my iniquity

But for these, He gave me pardon

Taking the burden, Himself to bear

Freeing me of the consequence

So that glory, with Him I can share



A lady strengthened and renewed in faith

A model of one uplifted by grace

She who reminded us

That “God will hold your hand!!x”

Now rewarded

Summoned by Him to Gloryland


Our thoughts are with Pastors Vince and Lisa in their time of grief


Jesus made sacrifice and for us did serve

Giving us favour, more than we deserve

He set an example of how we should be

To live for others, not selfishly

It may be tempting to with the Jones up to keep

But our true calling is to care for those who weep

So now it’s our time to others serve

And our own indulgence to curb


Not Alone

It is often repeated

‘Tis oft times said

That facing life alone

Can fill one with dread

But there is no need

To solitary face

This life that you lead

The track of your race

For there is a companion

A shoulder to upon lean

A friend and a comforter

Supportive – serene

He is the Good Shepherd

He’ll show you the way

Of green pastures and still waters

Day after day


Why Do You Sleep?


Oh, burier of talents, why do you sleep?

There is so much more for you to do

Let not fear dampen your resolve

To use what God in you did imbue

Though the world may seem a scary place

With pitfalls awaiting at every turn

But you have been equipped to overcome

If only the lesson of trust you will learn

For if you honour the giver of your skills

And value the treasures in your care

Then you will make profits manifest

And with all the world you’ll share


Matthew 25:14–30