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Greg Laurie Daily Devotion - July 20, 2011

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Get Your Gospel Shoes On!

“And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15).

It is essential in the Christian life that we not only hold, but also gain ground. This is done with proper footwear, which was as important to a Roman soldier’s armor as the shield and breastplate.

After telling us about the utility belt and breastplate, Paul says that you should have “and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15).

When we go look at shoes, we might put style at the top of the list. Hands down, my favorite shoe is the Converse Chuck Taylor. I pretty much live in them, despite the fact that they have little to no arch support.

But the shoes of the Roman soldier had to be functional. They would have three qualities:

  • They had to have good grip, giving traction and solid footing.
  • They also had to be tough to protect the foot from spikes or sharp rocks.
  • Finally, they needed to be light, giving the soldier the mobility to cross 100 yards of open field in a minute.

But what exactly is this referring to, in the spiritual battle?

In the original Greek, the word preparation used in Ephesians 6:15 can be defined as “firm-footing; a strong foundation.” We need to have a firm foundation in God’s Word.

This word preparation could also be translated as “readiness.” The idea is to be ready at all times to share the gospel.

Scripture tells us that we as believers “should be on duty at all times.” You never know when an opportunity will arise for you to share the gospel with someone.

Again, it’s the idea of being ready and willing to move at a moment’s notice, for those opportunities to share the gospel often come when we least expect them.

This is how we gain ground for the Kingdom of God.

When is the last time you looked for an opportunity to share the gospel? When is the last time you prayed for an unsaved person by name to come to Christ? When is the last time you personally brought a nonbeliever to church with you?

Remember, the primary way that God reaches people is through people—people like you and me.

Paul writes in Romans 10:13–15:

“‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” (NIV)

Ask the Lord for an opportunity to share the gospel with someone today!

Summary sentence: Beautiful feet are those shod with the preparation of the gospel. Do you have beautiful feet?

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