I have always loved a good pair of heels. I would rather buy a pair of heels ANYDAY than a pair of sneakers. Before my friends come for me in the comments section. I literally have been wearing the same pair of blue Nike sneakers for YEARS. Even as a kid, I would walk around the house in my mom’s or my aunt’s heels. I was so excited when my dad got me my first pair. Being a vertically challenged person, I welcome a little extra height. With heels I feel...grown up, graceful, and I will actually dare to say...powerful. Just a few extra inches has the ability to do that for me. Being propped up does that for me.
I think about Luke 18 and the Pharisee. Did it boost his confidence to put on his garments that signaled him as a set apart man? Just a piece of garment had the ability to make him feel more worthy of God than a tax collector. Sometimes we put on our metaphorical heels of good works, legalism, we have our rating system of sin and somehow we have lost the beautiful remembrance of our father who gave us our gift of grace that lifted us off the ground, empowering us with strength to live our Christian lives and now we look down on others who knees still walk on shaky legs in stilettos. We think we’re better, even though sometimes we would never say it out loud. This is why when we approach a Perfect God he tells us to take off our shoes because we’re on holy ground. To remind us to feel the gravel beneath our feet, the dirt, the dust, from which we came.
So when we wash our feet and put on back our heels, we remember, we are grateful, and we are righteous through him and through him alone.
Luke 18:9-14 NLT
9 Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: 10 “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer[a]: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! 12 I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ 14 I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
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