Always Be Ready: Put on the Shoes of Peace
We must always be ready to share the gospel. 2 Timothy 4:2a says to “be ready in season and out of season.” We need to learn to hear the voice of God, pray for open doors, walk in discernment, and put on the shoes of peace! In Ephesians 6, Paul talks about the armor of God. He knew that this armor is an imperative part of learning to stand against the darkness of the evil one. Ephesians 6:15 says we are to put on the shoes of the gospel of peace to remain ready! What does this verse mean? It means that the gospel that brings peace to us is needed by others as well. Therefore, we should always be ready to share the gospel! Practically, shoes are needed both for mobility and stability. Think of an athlete trying to play a game in his socks. Or a soldier fighting with no shoes on. They will most certainly lose. When your shoes are on, you will have the readiness needed to move swiftly and quickly to share the gospel with others when prompted to do so by the Spirit. Mobile. Agile. Ready. The shoes of the gospel of peace will also allow you to stand firm and remain steadfast against the evil one who wants to put us all on our backsides. They keep us strong. Stable. Grounded. With your shoes on, you will have the readiness needed to move and go share the gospel with others when prompted by the Spirit. Every day, put on the full armor of God. It gives you tools to resist the devil. But especially make sure you remember your shoes - putting on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. Always be ready. To hear God’s voice. To respond to open doors that he puts before you. To walk in discernment, distinguishing good from evil. And to put on the shoes of peace so that you will be able to move and to share what you have received with others.