Monday, December 22, 2008

Barefootin'

"Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground." -- Exodus 3:5 ESV

"Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses." -- Joshua 1:3 ESV

Old Testament words turn into New Testament reality.

The story of how God approached Moses at Horeb brings to mind the modern-day concept of Holy Ground.  We talk about holy ground when we speak of churches and cemetaries, yet this concept becomes so much fuller when discussed in the light of the Age of Grace.  

We "consecrate" a place or a person.  We venerate "holy" objects.  We would never dare to "disgrace" a church sanctuary.  We tiptoe through a cemetery speaking in hushed tones.  Any thing that accidentally resembles Christ or his mother Mary can instantly become a sensation and can take on a "holy" persona which can, supposedly, miraculously heal diseases and spawn visions.  My, how easy it is to build a box around God.  We still act as if the glory of our God is contained in the Tabernacle or the Temple from ancient Israel.

But God approached Moses in the great outdoors, demonstrating that all Moses saw, heard, smelled, tasted, felt WAS God's.  God controlled the fire, obviously, but He also owned the fuel which was not consumed, hence God owned the laws of physics as well.  Moses learned in a moment that our God is a great big God.

When Joshua took the reins from Moses many years later, God reminded him just how big He is.  He reminded Joshua that He had fulfilled his promises to Moses, and he made it clear that obedience on Joshua's part meant that he would control every land that he walked upon.  Big boots, eh?

So now we have an understanding that God is the very definition of BIG, and that He keeps his promises.  Now, if Christ calls me a brother in the family of God, if Christ offers me entry into the Kingdom of God, why then would I want to reject the notion that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit can set my feet on Holy Ground?  In other words, everywhere I put my feet has the potential to be Holy Ground because I carry the Spirit of Christ within me.  Potential?  As the Holy Spirit flowed into the heroes of Israel at God's command, so now the Holy Spirit must flow out of me like rivers of living water.  That overflow can sanctify my steps and can set me on Holy Ground every place the sole of my foot shall tread.

Time to kick off your shoes and get your feet wet!