How to Have Beautiful Feet (3 Nephi 20)
Welcome to today's beauty tips column. Here are a few tips for maintaining your feet that come from actual websites on this subject:
- Wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes.
- Perform regular self-examination; deal with problem areas immediately.
- Moisturize the skin; remove dead skin.
- Exercise on a regular basis — walking, etc.
In 3 Nephi 20, Jesus describes to the Nephites the covenant God made with Abraham and his descendants, specifically the House of Israel. He mentions how the House of Israel has been scattered but will eventually be gathered together again in a place referred to as Zion. He then quotes Isaiah 52:7, which makes reference to those who will assist in bringing about Zion:
"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings unto them, that publisheth peace;…that publisheth salvation, that saith unto Zion: Thy God reigneth!" (3 Nephi 20:40)
The above verse contains four actions that workers for Zion will undertake with the House of Israel to help bring them to a knowledge of Christ. These same activities can be undertaken by any of us as part of our Christian walk in the hopes that people we come in contact with can be brought to a knowledge of Christ. Let's see how we can make our feet beautiful upon the mountains in the way this verse describes.
Bring Good Tidings
"Good tidings" is a phrase that means "good news" — another word for this is "gospel." How do we bring the gospel to other people? By preaching or teaching? Yes, some people are called to do this. But what about those who don't have this particular calling?
If you have the Holy Ghost within you, then you can demonstrate the gospel to others by showing how blessed your life is as a follower of Christ. Many people think that serving the Lord is uncomfortable — you can't do this; you have to do that. Let others see how comfortably your desires fit into the will of God in your life — as comfortable as a good pair of well-fitting shoes.
With all of the turmoil in the world today, people who can actually promote peace are very valuable indeed. Jesus Christ, The Prince of Peace, said as much: "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God" (Matthew 5:9).
How do we publish peace in a given situation? First, we need to self-examine and make sure we are not part of the problem. If we are, then we need to deal with that immediately so we can instead be part of the solution. Then, let's seek solutions that honor the Lord, not focusing on personal victories but rather victories for Christ. When the Lord's will is being done, His peace will permeate any situation.
We can also publish peace by living our lives in a peaceful manner. Even during times of turmoil, we should strive to be at peace with life, trusting that God is in control. Also, we should do our best to be at peace with everyone, treating others with love and respect and fostering that type of environment wherever we go.
"If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men." (Romans 12:18)
After you were baptized and received the Holy Ghost, you may have experienced people noticing that you were different in some way. Instead of attributing the change to positive thinking or a New Year's resolution, let's make sure to let people know it's because we have been "moisturized" (baptized) and all the "dead skin" (sin) has been removed.
"If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Demonstrate That God Reigns
How can we demonstrate to an unbelieving world that God still reigns? Our lives can be the evidence when we exercise our faith, exercise our prayer life, and exercise our testimony. Having the faith to pray about important things demonstrates that we believe that God reigns. Recognizing how God has answered a prayer and sharing that testimony with others can help show others that God reigns. Regularly exercising in this way will make a huge difference — for us and for others.
Feeling More Beautiful?
OK, following this spiritual advice won't really give you beautiful feet. But how beautiful it is when your feet are on the mountain of the Lord and you're used as an instrument in God's hand to help bring others there too!
This article has undergone ministry review and approval.