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. NLT
The Apostle Paul was a man of great courage. He was not only willing to suffer for the cause of Christ, he was willing to die. The reason he had such great courage was because he had great confidence in the power of the gospel to save men from their sins and he had a great conviction that men can receive Christ – only if someone has take the time to tell them about Him. Note what Paul wrote to the Romans –
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:14-15 ESV
In today’s passage of scripture, Paul encourages us to put on the gospel shoes so that we will be prepared to take God’s Good News of salvation to all who will listen. How can we put on our gospel shoes?
Through our prayer life
Two things are likely to happen whenever we begin to pray seriously about sharing the gospel:
1. God will begin to speak to the lost
2. We will be more likely to share with the lost
Through the purity of our life
One of the reasons many of us are not more vocal about our faith is because we don’t feel worthy. Satan silences us through shame and guilt. Consider what will happen when we have a dirty heart.
– A dirty heart will be less concerned about others
– A dirty heart will be less confident
– A dirty heart will easily cower to opposition
Through the purpose for our life
Very few Christians see themselves as bearing the responsibility to tell others about Christ. They believe that’s the job of the preacher or missionary. However, it is a statistical fact that most people who come to Christ, do so because of the influence of a close friend.
No doubt part of your getting ready this morning was the decision about which shoes you would wear. Many chose shoes based upon the color of their outfit or the type of work they would be doing. Yet regardless of which style of shoes we selected from our closet, no shoes are more important for us than our gospel shoes.