Our Good News Shoes

"Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on        the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. "-  Ephesians 6:14-16 

So what does it mean to  "shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace”? The idea behind this verse is a simple one. Wherever you go each day, chances are you will need shoes. They protect your feet, they help you stay standing, and football players wear shoes that have little cleats on the bottom, so when they are fighting for yardage, they won't get pushed back by the defense.

Like the shoes we wear, the good news about Jesus Christ is what we take with us each day when we leave the house. Paul speaks of both being “prepared” and experiencing “peace.” Being prepared means that whenever we are talking with someone who needs the good news about Jesus, we are ready to jump in and tell them. But it’s also good news that we should feel a                              peacefulness about sharing.

Pastor Chuck Smith said this verse is talking about making peace with someone that is arguing with you. He said, "In a tense situation, where there is a drawn sword and a clash taking place, the whole issue can be diffused by just one person saying, "I think you are right. It is stupid to go on arguing. You are probably right." With those words, suddenly the strife is gone.

Why do we find is so hard to admit to being wrong or to concede to the other person that possibly they are right. Even when we know they are wrong. Help us, Lord. Warren Weirsbe agrees but adds: “We must also be prepared to share the Gospel of Peace with a lost world. The most victorious Christian is a witnessing Christian."  Isaiah 52:7 says “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Spending time with the Lord early in the morning each day will help us put on our gospel shoes. Just reading the word and praying: “Lord, if there is someone out there that needs to hear about You, please help me find that person today, and help me tell them the good news.” Like the shoes we put on each day, the gospel is something we spiritually put on so we can share it everywhere we go.

Yours In Christ,

Pastor Bob

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