I stepped on a small toy this morning. Yeeeooow! My feet are far from tough. I cannot imagine trying to fight a battle with bare feet. No suit of armor would be complete without good shoes!
Is your outfit appropriate for a dress code which requires full armor? The Boots of Readiness…
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”Ephesians 6:11-13
“Stand firm then…Ephesians 6:15
with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.“
Isn’t that interesting? The good news of the gospel is connected to footwear in the armor of God. There is more in these verses:
The word “gospel” means good news. We bring good news and proclaim peace as we take the gospel out. We need to be prepared with shoes for the journey.
“…with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” If we have accepted the good news, we need not worry about where to get these fittings for our feet. They come from that which we have already received.
Knowing Jesus brings peace. We have peace of mind, peace for the future, and peace with God. The world in which we live is desperate for that message. And our enemy is desperate to keep people desperate!
The boots set us up for action. They equip us for motion. Wearing this piece of armor signifies that we are ready, at a moment’s notice, to take the gospel wherever and to whomever we’re sent.
Personally, I tend towards laziness in this area. Literally and metaphorically, I prefer to kick off my shoes and be comfortable. If I were to choose the shoes for my armored outfit, I’d pick a pair which make me fast, or agile, or at least cute, and I’d leave them by the door until I decided to venture out.
But God has a different agenda. He commands we fit our feet practically. Our boots are durable with readiness to serve, share, teach and to endure the hardship with which the enemy is sure to counter. We need to keep these boots on, laced and ready, so we can enter the fray at a moment’s notice.
How is your battle-preparedness right now? Is your Belt of Truth securely buckled? Is your Breastplate of Righteousness in place? Are your feet fitted with readiness to share the Gospel? Are your boots appropriate for a dress code which requires full armor?
Next up: The Shield of Faith!