Devotional: ‘Putting On My Gospel Shoes’ pt 1

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Shoes are a big deal to lots of folks. Some women brag about the number of shoes they have and if the truth be known – many men aren’t far behind them. But of all the shoes you and I may or may not have, there is one pair that every Christian should not be without. Paul tells us that every believer should have a well-worn pair of ‘Gospel shoes.’

Ephesians 6:13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. NLT 

Tucked within Paul’s description of our spiritual armor is an item many call the ‘Gospel shoes.’  “For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.”

There are a number of opinions as to what Paul was trying to say in this passage. Some believe that the peace Paul spoke of pertained to the peace of the believer. Who can argue that Satan seeks to attack our peace as the children of God? However, I believe that this passage refers to peace in another kind of way. The peace Paul is speaking of is peace with God someone finds once they receive Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

For us to ‘put on’ the Gospel shoes of peace means that we prepare ourselves to take the Good News of God’s peace to a world that is in turmoil.

As with the rest of our spiritual armor, Paul is making a comparison between the Roman and Christian soldier. The 1st-century historian named Josephus reports that much of the military success of both the Greeks and the Romans was due to their development of a military shoe for their soldiers. What kind of shoe did these soldiers wear? It was a beefed-up sandal with thickened soles and nail-like cleats. Josephus tells us that this specialized shoe equipped them to quickly advance over almost any terrain.

What is the shoe of the Christian soldier? Many things could be said about this, but I believe that Paul’s primary thought was a ‘mindset of readiness to go into all the world and to share the gospel with everyone who will listen.’ Rather than being cowered down with fear through Satan’s tactics of intimidation, the Christian soldier is to be prepared to march anywhere and everywhere with confidence and courage.

Bible teacher David Jeremiah writes –

‘The shoes of the Gospel have to do with our willingness to advance the gospel into Satan’s territory, to be a beacon of light in his domain of darkness. There is no greater mindset of courage and resoluteness than the mindset of one who is boldly sharing his faith with the lost… who overcomes the fear of witnessing in enemy territory …’ [1]

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[1] David Jeremiah, Spiritual Warfare Study Booklet

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