“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. Stand firm then…with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:13-15, NIV).
In Ephesians Chapter Six, the Apostle Paul continues his discussion of the armor of God by making special mention of the footwear worn by the Christian. It would be foolish for anyone to march into battle without protection for his feet. And Satan would like nothing more than to trip us up with his lies and deceit.
So, Paul reminds us to have our “…feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15, NIV). “Feet fitted” implies that someone else is getting us dressed for battle. Indeed, God equips us with all that we need to stand our ground against evil. Further, “readiness” suggests preparation and intentionality on our part. We must approach our spiritual battle with a divine plan for victory. Finally, we stride into combat with the good news gospel message of God’s love and mercy through Christ. Our greatest weapon against Satan is the message that Jesus has already won the battle, evidenced in a barren cross and an empty tomb.
I’d like to close today with Paul’s words to the Church at Rome: “..‘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 anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ ” (Romans 10:13-15, NIV).
As bearers of the gospel, we have the most beautiful feet on the planet. Let’s protect them, fitted properly and ready to move!