A friend of mine was leaving on a missions trip to Belize. I sent a message to say that I was praying for safe travel and blessings for the trip and then I added that my hope was that in his travels he would “leave the footprints of Jesus.”
As I was writing I thought about different types of footprints. Footprints you leave when you are walking on the beach, footprints we left on Mom’s clean floors. There are footprints that leave visible signs of where you have been, there are some that do not.
In our world today it is trendy to talk about carbon footprint, business footprint, fossil footprint, ecological footprint, and all manner of footprints.
In Ephesians 6 we see that part of our spiritual armor is to have our feet covered by the Gospel of Peace to leave footprints of “Good News”.
But what does it look like to “leave the footprints of Jesus”?
Consider Jesus’ observations in Matthew 25:34-36
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’
There are many ways this plays out in your world and mine. In our homes, in our families, at our jobs, in our churches, and wherever we encounter people.
The question is; do our footprints lead to or away from the needs you see in a dying and hurting world?
Are you leaving the footprints of Jesus?