Posted by: bshelley | June 30, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-matthew-25_34_36

Today’s Verse: Matthew 25:34-36 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'” NASB

A friend gave me a touching story she had printed out from an email she had received. It is called “Shoes in Church.” I was working on ideas for a devotional I needed to give at a Senior Saint’s pot luck today out of town and my wife suggested I use that story as the premise of the devotional thought. The story is told by a man who had his heart in the wrong place even though he was in church when the recalled incident happened. A rather haggard old man sat next to him and let his dusty and worn shoes touch sole to sole on his shoe even though there was plenty of room. He recalls in his telling how that irritated him that this guy with obviously no pride in his appearance would come to church like that and then have the gall to not only sit next to him but be touching his shoe. The teller was annoyed, cried at the most boring sermon he had ever heard and generally was upset and unable to spend any time in worship for all the distraction. Almost out of spite, he turns at the end and thanks the guy for coming…the least he could do. The old man’s response floors him spiritually. He said with tears of joy in his eyes that he had been coming for months and that was the first time anyone had spoken to him. He apologized for his appearance as he had to walk miles just to attend services. He said he polished his shoes each week, but the dust of the walk always left them dirty and chalky after the long trek. He said he had touched shoes just in hope that their souls might unite and he could have contact with someone. The storyteller, who had been so disgruntled and bothered before, was now in tears because the man had melted his hard heart. He closes with how thankful he is that this man with the dirty shoes had truly touched not just the soles of his shoes, but indeed, his soul.  Today’s verse seemed an appropriate companion to such a convicting tale. Ask God to search your soul and to send someone who can help to root out any hardness and dis-compassion that might dwell in your heart. Pray that God will give you His eyes today that you might see someone in your path who you can reach out to with a kind gesture or words and touch a heart that desperately needs human caring and contact. Let God be a blessing to them through you. Your rewards will be both immediate and eternal.


  1. What a beautiful story. Thank you, Brian.

  2. This story reminded me a bit of the “Grinch”—perhaps his shoes were too tight, or his heart was too small! (Ok, I’m a Seuss fan).
    It did get me thinking… you said:

    “Ask God to search your soul and to send someone who can help to root out any hardness and dis-compassion that might dwell in your heart. Pray that God will give you His eyes…”

    Hmmmm—-my step-mom comes to mind. I think the scriptures should have also included, “I was difficult….yet you genuinely spent time with me.”
    I have work to do………

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