Sunday, October 14, 2012

It's All About the Feet

NFL players are lacing up pink shoes for their games these days.  They are not doing it to make a fashion statement, but, after the game, to auction them for charity. And buyers pay big money for them.
Why?  Aren't they just shoes?

Yes, they are only shoes, but, oh, the feet that wore them! That's what folks pay for.
Like the guitar John Lennon played, or a pen that signed the Declaration of Independence, an object can be elevated beyond its intrinsic value by its user.

Ok, you get that.
Now, pinch yourself.
You are made of flesh and blood.  We each occupy our own body and most of us are nothing special, pretty much like one another in composition and appearance.

But what if God put on identical flesh and blood, pulled on our own skin, and age, and pain? What if He laced up a human body as His version of a pink football shoe?  How would that flesh change?

Well, He did it, of course.
God did take on flawed flesh and wore it in His own game.
He wore it every moment...all the way into the end zone.
And when He did that, He changed the flesh, the game, everything.

Aaron Rodgers' pink shoes are still just pink shoes, though, just like before he put them on.
When God took on our humanity, our sickness and death became something else.
He not only made us part of Him, but He put part of Himself in us.
And the one body, the one He wore, He eventually put aside, perpetually undefiled, because it was His.

When Jesus put on flesh, He declared that He wants us to be like Him--not in exaltation, but in sacrifice and humility.
"Be holy," He says, not as men made to be Gods, but like God made man. 

Who, being in very nature God...made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness..." --Philippians 2:6-7
The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only...--John 1:14


  1. I am so grateful for what He has done, paving the path for all of us, to full communion with God.

  2. thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Wishing you a beautiful day xo

  3. JoAnne--we're watching pink feet as we speak (football weekend, and all). I wasn't sure what it was all about. Anyway, I will never think about walking (running?) in someone else's shoes in the same way again. God put on skin for us. Wow.
    The little insights God gives you just make me smile....

  4. Some really great insights here, and I love the title.

  5. Yes, pink shoes are still pink shoes, even when they are purchased for a good cause. But, the gift of our Savior who put on human skin and walked among us is far above anything else! I'm so thankful that He lived and breathed, died and was raised in order that we might live with Him!
    Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Joan

  6. When I think of our Savior putting on 'our own skin, and age, and pain' I'm humbled and soul-deep grateful. Thank you for this post and thanks for stopping by today and sharing James 3:17!