Kick Off Your Shoes: Guest Blog by Wendy Huskey Corder

 Wendy Huskey (now Corder) graduated two years after me in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Down below, you’ll see a picture of her alongside the East Ridge High School mascot. (“GO PIONEERS!”) Wendy was an acquaintance of mine. I always knew she was a beautiful and sweet young lady but being younger, and she and I did not really have a chance to connect and be friends while in school. Jesus and Facebook have changed that!

Wendy is a gracious Southern lady, a pastor’s wife formerly in local-church ministry and now working with her husband, Mitchell, in the denominational women’s ministry for the Virginia Church of God. The love of Jesus radiates through her. May you be blessed today by her refreshing words about servanthood. Welcome, Wendy, to “From the Church House!”

 

Being a southern girl, I run around barefoot a lot.  I don’t go to the mall barefoot – or to the grocery store barefoot.  I wouldn’t walk on the street or sidewalk barefoot…usually.

If you saw someone walking down the street barefoot, what would you think?  You would probably think they were a little stupid, or so poverty stricken that they can’t afford shoes.

Things weren’t that different back in the Bible days, with one exception:  If a person was barefoot, they were very poor and most likely – a servant.

Knowing this gives us a whole new perspective on several familiar scriptures.

When the Lord told Moses to take off his shoes because he was on holy ground, where was Moses?  Was he in the temple?  No. He was in the middle of the wilderness, on Mount Sinai.

What made the ground holy?  The fact that God was there.

God met Moses, and manifested Himself to Moses, in a remote, obscure place in the wilderness of Sinai.  We deceive ourselves if we think God is confined to work in certain places. God can speak comfortably to His people no matter where they are.

Let’s take a look at the reasons why God might want Moses to take off his shoes.

The traditional thought pertains to the holy ground.  There are several places in the Bible where God told people to remove their shoes because they were on holy ground.  And let’s face it, if God told you that you were standing on holy ground, you would believe Him.  And if He told you to take off your shoes, I am pretty sure you would.

Secondly, shoes are generally thought of as dirty or unclean.  It is a matter of respect or reverence to remove your dirty shoes in a holy place.  But also, think about all the things you carry around on your shoes.  You carry traces of the dirt from the places you have been.  The dirt on your shoes can prove where you have been and what you have done.

There is one more possibility that could be the reason for God asking Moses to take off his shoes.  He could have been asking, “Will you be my servant here?  Will you do something to show me that you are my servant?  Will you be obedient and follow my orders?”

God was saying, “I have chosen this place to be holy.  It may not be a place you would have chosen.  It may not be what you consider to be appropriate, or good enough.  But I say this place is holy and this is the place I want you to serve me.”

A few years ago, I went to a lecture by a Christian woman who specialized in Natural Health.  I still have the notes from her class and refer to them occasionally.

One thing she recommended for your health is to let your bare feet touch the earth for 15-20 minutes each day. It has something to do with the gravity from the earth pulling toxins from your feet.  God designed it this way.  She said that wearing shoes interferes with the earth’s ability to do this.  For a few minutes each day, we need to remove the thing that is blocking our connection to the earth.

Sometimes, we also need to take away the things that are interfering with our ability to connect with God.  Sometimes we need to re-evaluate our perceptions, come close to God and let Him know that we are His servants and will do as He wishes.  Sometimes we need to remove the things that have traces, or reminders, of where we have been.

So, we could almost say:  Barefoot = Servanthood

Romans 6:16 says, “The person you obey, you are his slave.”

We limit God by thinking that we have to be in a certain place or circumstance to serve Him.  God doesn’t think this way.  Don’t let anything come between you and God:  Not where you are, what you are surrounded with, what people are telling you, or what YOU think is best. We have to let go of all those things and say, “I will be your servant here.”

If we are able to do that, God gives us many promises.  One of those is this; “Every place where you set your foot will be yours.” Deut 11:24

Interpreted:  Wherever you are my servant, I will give you that place.

If you will totally surrender to me here – I will give you this place.

Are there things in your life that are blocking your connection with God?  Are there things or people in your life that are distracting you from giving yourself totally to Him?

Take a step back and ask God – “What is keeping me from totally serving you right now – right here?”

Go ahead.  Kick off your shoes.

Wendy Corder is currently serving as the Director of Women’s Ministries for the Church of God in Virginia. Married to husband Mitchell in 1982, the Corders have two beautiful daughters; Sarah who is married and living in TN, and Hannah who is a student at Lee University.  The first 16 years of her marriage were spent as a pastor’s wife. This service has continued for the past 14 years in denominational leadership in the states of Florida, Kansas, Michigan, and now Virginia, for the Church of God (Cleveland, TN).

Wendy is a frequent speaker at women’s conferences and special services.  She is a gifted communicator, sharing life application principles from God’s Word with warmth and humor.  She also enjoys writing, spending time with her family, interior decorating, travel, and antique shopping.  She has a heart for ministers’ wives and wishes to equip them with tools for their lives in ministry.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Loved the blog, “Kick off your Shoes” from my friend, Wendy Corder…..great insight into why God had Moses take off his shoes…so honored to be serving our great God….I did it….I kicked off my shoes!!!
    Love,
    Pat

  2. This is so good! I’ve learned something new and meaningful today. Thanks so much, Wendy.

  3. Peggy Morris says:

    What a great post from Wendy Corder. I’m taking off my shoes right now to worship awhile. :-)

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