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When God Calls You To Kick Off Your Shoes

  • April Motl


    April Motl is a pastor’s wife who loves to laugh, loves her man, loves to talk on the phone entirely too long and most of all, loves her Lord. Collaborating with the efforts of her husband Eric, the two of them share a ministry dedicated to bringing God’s Word into the everyday lives of married couples, men and women. April has been privileged through her own church and ministry outside her local body to share God's Word with women ranging in ages and stages, across denominations, and walks of life. April is a graduate from Southern California Seminary and has written for Just Between Us Magazine, Dayspring's (In)courage, and The Secret Place and also writes regularly for, and Women's Ministry Tools. For more information, visit Motl Ministries at:

  • 2014 Aug 01
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Then He said, “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”  He said also, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.” Exodus 3:5-6

I am a barefoot girl at heart!  Often, when I am setting up for an event at church I like to kick off my shoes.  It is not unusual for me to get a few disapproving glances or comments.  I am quick to respond with the above verse and a remark about how the church is holy ground too!  

All kidding aside though, it is something to wonder about this whole taking off your shoes thing because the ground was holy.  I wonder if Moses’ shoes might have represented something less than holy because of all the less than holy places Moses had walked.  

Figuratively, our shoes tell a story.  They tell where we have been, the trials we have endured and the races we have run.  So maybe God was requiring a clean sweep in Moses’ life.  He would have to forget all the previous ways he had walked and follow this “burning” call on his life.  Or perhaps it was a humility issue.  My husband feels that it is a very humbling thing to take his shoes off in front of people.  I think he feels like it exposes him.  Either way, God had an appointment with Moses that required him to remove something. 

If God were to show up at your door today, what do you think He might want you to take off?  Would He want you to take off a critical attitude, arrogance, unforgiveness, a habit or a secret sin?  Regardless of what He might ask of any one of us, the point is that after an encounter with God Almighty we should never again walk the same as we had before.  I am praying for the Lord to meet with you today in a way that would change your walk forever as well!

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