“God said, ‘Don’t come any closer. Remove your sandals from your feet. You’re standing on holy ground.'” Exodus 3:5
Question: Do you ask your guests to remove their shoes at the door? I checked some sources online to see what people are saying about this issue. There were strong opinions for and against being asked to remove shoes. Among the negative complaints is that feet stink, might get dirty from the floors, feel undressed without shoes, feel unwelcome. The positive comments were more of compassion–“I would do whatever my guest requested of me–it’s her home.”
Why do you think God asked Moses to remove his shoes? I’m guessing God was giving Moses his expectations of what he wanted: obedience and respect. An etiquette expert suggests if you want guests to remove their shoes, let them know in advance so they can be prepared with slippers or clean socks. Let it be known: If you come to my house, you will not be asked to remove your shoes. However, if you choose to do so, I will consider it an honor that you respect my home or you know I’m not fond of mopping floors.
Lord, thank you for giving me advance notice to remove whatever soil I might be bringing into my spiritual life. Amen.