Monday, January 8, 2018

The Truth About Feet

By Andrea Merrell

All of you together are Christ’s body,
and each of you is a part of it.
I Corinthians 12:27 NLT

Feet. You gotta love ‘em … in spite of all the problems they cause.

Have you ever thought about—or experienced—any or all of the problems that can happen with feet? I’m talking about problems like callouses, bunions, corns, and ingrown toenails. Then there’s the matter of bone spurs, nail fungus, stone bruises, athlete’s foot, and plantar fasciitis. Dry, cracked heels can cause major discomfort. And stub your little toe … ouch!

The Bible refers to certain parts of the body as “uncomely” (unattractive, unpleasant, or unappealing), but necessary. Some people hate feet. They can’t stand to look at them or have anyone touch their own. Others—like me—spend the summer months in flip flops and sandals and love nothing more than a good pedicure.

As the Body of Christ, we all represent certain parts. Some regard certain parts as more important than others, but God sees each one as significant and necessary. This is what I Corinthians has to say:

If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?
But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”
In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.  And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
Whatever your role in Christ’s Body, never take it for granted, and never think of yourself as more or less important than another part. We are created as individuals and put together to complete the whole.

And be sure to take care of those feet!

(Photo courtesy of and Stuart Miles.)


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