Shod Your Feet - Ephesians 6:15
Written by LaRosa Johnson
Thursday, 19 October 2006

In our week long study and look at the spiritual armor, we have already taken a look at the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness. As we looked at those, we found that their application was more towards building a godly character within us, as without those we will not even be fit for battle. Today, we're going to look at getting our feet ready and armored up by looking at Ephesians 6:15, which reads "and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace."

Now, when we took a look at the belt of truth, I had made mention that there were normally thick leather straps that would hang down from the belt to help protect our legs, but those only go so far in helping our lower body; we still need to have shoes on our feet to help keep us from stepping on sharp objects that could injure us. This is what Paul instructed the church at Ephesus to do by telling them to shod their feet. But put what on their feet? The preparation of the gospel of peace. What is that and what does it mean?

Let's find out what Paul meant by this; to do so, let's take a look at what Jesus had to say. When Peter proclaimed that Jesus was the Christ, Jesus said to His disciples that on that rock or truth (that He is the Christ) He would build His church. We are also told in Scripture that a house built on a rock is sure to stand, while a house built on the sand will be washed away. Paul is trying to get at the same point; he is trying to get across the message that we need to be able to firmly stand on the gospel of peace, which is Jesus Christ and His redemptive saving power. You see, if we don't have a firm foundation on which to stand, then we'll be able to easily be swayed by anything. In reference to shoes, if you don't have sturdy shoes, then you're going to be sure to stumble and fall while trying to maneuver. 2 Timothy 2:15 also applies here as well.

But it doesn't just stop there, no there's more. Notice that Paul says "the preparation of the gospel of peace" (emphasis, my own). This means that we need to be ready at all times to go out and both share and defend our faith as necessary. Coupled with studying Scripture, we need to be able to reach out to others and share with them the saving power of Jesus Christ so that they can join in and fight on the right side of this war. We then need to be able to use apologetics to defend our faith and answer the tough questions that may be brought our way, especially in an age where everyone seeks to discredit the Word of God.

So, not only do we need to stand firm in our beliefs and have a solid foundation to stand on, we also need to be ready to go out there and propagate the gospel to the ends of the earth, fulfilling Matthew 28:19-20. Get your shoes on so that you can be ready to run this race of faith. Once you've gotten your character right by putting on the belt of truth & breastplate or righteousness, you then need to get into the Word and get a firm foundation on which to stand and fight this spiritual battle. Get your boots on and laced up, it's almost time to fight!

devotion courtesy of Trailblazin Ministries