When I went in search of quotes to begin this post about the Shoes of the Gospel, I have to admit… I was at a loss. There just weren’t many things worth putting in the post about shoes. There were materialistic quotes by Imelda Marcos and even Michael Jordan. Marilyn Monroe had the best one to open. Here’s what she said…
Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world. ~Marilyn Monroe
The quote wasn’t the only place I was at a loss. When I first came across this passage (Ephesians 6:10-19) in the Bible I had no idea what a shoe had to do with the Gospel. I mean, shoes, seriously? Was Paul just trying to complete an outfit in his metaphor or do we really have “Shoes of the Gospel” as part of our armor?
If you found this post and you’re a little lost, start here: Armor of God. We’re in week four of an eight-week series called the Armor of God. We are exploring the Armor of God and how it applies to our lives.
You are probably in the same boat with the “Why shoes?” question. In this post I’ll do my best to share what God has put on my heart about the Shoes of the Gospel and how they relate to us.
If we are going to get to the bottom of this shoe thing then we must take a look at both shoes and feet. Let’s imagine you are stranded in a desert. You have only the clothes on your back. A shirt and shorts and that’s it. You know there is a road or river or something within 5-10 miles in any direction. You can make this. People walk that distance all the time. The problem is those people don’t walk across burning sand, jagged rocks, and sharp thorns to make their trek.
Without going any further into that analogy we can see that shoes are for protection. “Well that make sense, Ryan.” you say. “We are talking about the Armor of God, after all.”
I agree. But it’s bigger than that. We can strap on a pair of hiking boots, running shoes, or even flip-flops and make it across that 5-10 mile hike. Why are the Shoes of the Gospel better protection?
Living in this world deals a person many harsh landscapes to traverse. There will be those jagged times. The loss of someone close to us. The failures and the fights. Being grounded in the Gospel or “Good News” of Jesus Christ and all He did, is doing, and will do will allow you to stand firm (because your in good shoes!). Standing securely in God’s promise gives us life.
For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 3:8 NIV)
God, through the Grace of His Son Jesus Christ, has given us His good news to stand firm in. These are the shoes that Paul writes about in the Armor of God. We can stand firm in God’s promises of redemption and restoration. This Gospel is all we need to withstand what Life has.
What else do shoes do?
Ok. Back to the desert… Standing is good if we are going to live, but if we are going to get anywhere we must begin to MOVE! God gives us His Gospel to share. And the protection on our feet also becomes the help our feet need to be quicker and reach more places. He did give us the great commission or CO-MISSION, right?
We must take His message to others. Look at what the Bible says regarding that:
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news! (Romans 10:15 NIV)
These Shoes of the Gospel are extremely important. They allow us to stand firm in trying times on God’s Truth AND to carry that message to others. These shoes are necessary and no follower of Christ should expect to go very far without them.
Make sure your laces are tied though!
Being grounded in God’s Word daily is the best way to understand His promises well enough to share them. When you spend time in God’s Word each day, your own reflections about life will begin to call on what you’ve read.
When it comes to sharing God’s “Good News” about Jesus, don’t get overwhelmed with telling the exact right account. That is part of it and important. I feel that God’ wants us to tell OUR account of His Good News from our lives as well as the accounts from the Bible. It will be our experiences with His Gospel the reach those closest to you that are in need.
In that place is how God can best use us for His purposes.