“And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust
from your feet as a testimony against them.” And they departed and went through the
villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.”
In our world of concrete sidewalks, we can go weeks without getting our shoes dirty.
However, in Jesus’ day, there were only dusty roads upon which he sent his followers to
tell others about the Kingdom of God. Only when their message was rejected were they
to “shake the dust off their feet” and move on.
The challenge for many of us is not to shake the dust off our feet, but rather, how to
intentionally get our feet “dusty” by obediently, and creatively, taking the good news to
others. It is challenging in our cynical culture, but God says, “GO,” even if the message
is rejected. The reality is that the gospel cannot be rejected (or accepted) if we do not
go or “get our feet dusty.”
How does the Christian get “dusty” feet? There are creative ways. People in my church
have taken in international high school students from Asia and shared the gospel with
them. An older couple in our church has an annual picnic in their neighborhood, which
has now led to monthly small groups with some unchurched neighbors attending. Some
young students in our church have commended the gospel to unbelieving coaches.
Our world desperately needs Christians who are willing to be intentional with gospel
living and gospel speaking. For now, let’s be less concerned about “shaking the dust”
off our feet. The “beautiful feet” are the ones that bring the good news (Rom. 10:15),
and that is going to require getting a bit dusty.