“If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.” --Matthew 10:14
My boots are usually wet and muddy and covered with cut grass when I get home from walking the dog. (I like to take her to the park.) I take my boots off on the front porch before we come inside. I don’t want to track water and dirt and grass clippings through the house. Later, when they are dry, I clap my boots together to knock off the hardened mud, and I brush off the bits of grass. Jesus advises his disciples to shake the dust of a town off their feet if the gospel is not welcome. Leave it, he says. Move on. Shaking the dust off one’s feet was a Jewish practice that signified the separation of the Jews from the Gentiles. Jesus tells his disciples to do the same because he wants to send a message to the non-believing Jews. But I also think that Jesus’s advice was for the disciples’ sakes—and ours. We don’t want to track disappointment and frustration along our way. We have to shake it off. We have to leave it and move on. I clean off my boots and am ready to walk another day. We shake the dust off our feet and are ready to walk forward in faith.
Dear God, Teach me to shake the dust off my feet so I don’t track disappointment and frustration along my faith walk. Amen