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August 2011

Beautiful Feet

Reference: Romans 10:5-15 “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Preparation: Make award ribbons with foot-shaped medallions or medals with footprints on them to hang around each child’s neck. Assemble a small panel of “judges” prior to the sermon.

This morning, I thought we could have a beauty contest. This will be different from most beauty contests because we’re not going to be looking at faces or hair or how gracefully you walk. We are going to look at feet. Is there anyone willing to show me their feet? (Let children who are willing, show their feet, with or without shoes. You may show your own feet.) Let’s line up all of our contestants and look at their feet. All of you have beautiful feet! This is going to be hard to judge.

While deciding the winner, I want to read something to you from Romans, chapter 10. “For ‘Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ 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? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'” (vv. 13 -15 NLT).

Do you know why it says that those who tell others about Jesus have beautiful feet? During the time when the New Testament was written, if you had a message to deliver to someone, how could you get it to them? Could you telephones them or send them e-mail? No. They didn’t have anything like that back then. If you wanted to deliver an important message to someone far away, you gave it to a messenger and he or she carried the message as fast as possible to deliver it. When a runner arrived with news, especially if it was good news, they would be greeted with a soothing foot washing, a good meal, and a refreshing rest. A messenger who brought good news had beautiful feet.

Do you think that pastors at churches have beautiful feet? Yes, they do. They are messengers of the good news of Jesus Christ, and they bring this message to many people. Do you tell other people about Jesus? If you do, then you have beautiful feet too! Should we see if the judges have reached their decision? (Go to judges and get medals ready.)

The judges have decided that you all have beautiful feet and that all of you can do a wonderful job of telling others about Jesus. Came and get a “beautiful foot” medal before you go back to your seats.

Prayer: Give us all beautiful feet, Lord, and make us swift and strong to carry the good news of your love to people everywhere.

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