Thursday, January 14, 2016
For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.
Ephesians 6:15 (NLT)
Army basic training at Fort Gordon, Georgia in August of 1966 was such a joy. We went on marches in the woods. It was like a rain forest, hot and steamy. It rained for two centuries during those 8 weeks of basic.
There were two things our Drill Sergeant’s voice bored into our brains on those long wonderful campouts – salt and socks.
He would (so lovingly) drone:
Gentlemen…and also yo’ lowlife privates, that little salt tablet will keep yo’ insides wet; an’ whut-evah y’all do, y’all bett-ah keep them socks dry!
Yes, Drill Sergeant!
Paul is no drill sergeant, but he was concerned about making sure the church at Ephesus understood Gospel footgear – the preparation of peace.
Correct footwear is one of the most important items of equipment to a soldier. A Roman soldier caught with ragged foot gear was liable to severe punishment. It wasn’t just a fickle, arbitrary military game. If a soldier couldn’t march, he couldn’t fight.
The gospel conquers the inner world. Every victory in the Christian’s life depends on that peace.
Friend, just like the ancient soldier was going nowhere without his proper footwear – no one comes to God without good news – the Gospel. And wouldn’t it be a strange thing to be called “Christian” (meaning: a disciple or follower of Christ) and not have the Word of God – Jesus – THE Gospel, carrying and directing our steps every inch of the journey?
And, truth be told, walking in those sandals is the only way to have the peace promised by the Prince of Peace.
If you lack peace today, give up whatever religious activity in which you’ve been dabbling. And let God give you real peace.
Good news – Good shoes!