“Aren’t you going to take off your shoes?”
“It’ll be quick, I just need to check the pipes for a moment!”
The man proceeds to step into the house in his grimy boots. Soon, there’s a trail of mud and slime trial going past the living room, into the toilets… and even the bedrooms. I wince at the slightest movement of his feet.
“That’s all. I need to rush off now.”
“You’re not going to clean those shoeprints you left behind? You made it really dirty!”
“Uhh, no. Go hire a helper if you want someone to clean up after you!”
I hope that has never happened to you, but it has brought me to realise something — the attitude of taking off our shoes and cleaning our feet has far more significance than exposing how marvellous your last pedicure had gone.
The act of taking off our shoes before entering someone else’s house is a sign of respect and thoughtfulness for the owner. To me, it is an attitude worth having spiritually as well.
Exodus 3:5 Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”
Pastor How shared how we need to learn to take off our shoes when we enter the church. Oh, it’s been 3 years since we moved into the Imaginarium! As we enter our spiritual home, we ‘take off our shoes’ — leaving behind the ways of the “world”.
When we step into a place of worship, we step in knowing there is something sacred in the place. For me, it is a timely reminder not to let familiarity rob me of the reverence that God deserves.
Dust the sand off your sandals.