There’s a big shoe ad in the back of the current Popular Science magazine. We are talking about really big shoes. One can get size 20 EEE-EEEEEE. That is really big. I have never seen anyone with feet that big. Do you remember the old adage about someone having big shoes to fill?
It made me think about the Gospel Commission found at the close of Matthew. Jesus was tasking His disciples with the most important mission ever given. This was bigger than Neil Armstrong’s NASA mission. “One giant step for mankind.” The mission the disciples had was so big it divided history into the before years and the after years.
At the beginning of the Gospel of John we find Jesus saying to Andrew and John, “Come and see.” They had no idea what lay ahead. Never could they have dreamed what they were about to see let alone then being challenged to walk in His shoes.
Here we are 2000 years later with communication tools they never dreamed possible. When I am finished writing this devotional I will press the send key and people in Uganda and Australia will, in less than a second, be able to read this. God is terrifically reasonable. When He tasks us He also gives us the tools. I grew up singing a great old hymn, “We’ve a story to tell to the nations that will turn their hearts to the right – a story of truth and sweetness – a story of peace and light. For the darkness will turn to the dawning and the dawning to noonday bright. And Christ’s great kingdom will come on earth a kingdom of love and light.” I used to wonder how we could do that. It was such big shoes. Now I know.