Bible Reading: Ephesians 6:10-15, Matthew 28:18-20
I watched quite a number of American war movies growing up. One striking thing about the soldiers is their preparedness for battle. They are ready emotionally, mentally and physically. From their helmets to camouflage or fatigues (battledress), boots, their guns, health packages and even a water bottle.
When going to battle or preparing for war, you need everything available to guard or defend yourself against the enemy attack. And in battle, boots are very important. If you’re more of a Bible-time person, then you’re thinking sandals. In an intense battle you don’t want to worry about your feet hurting from stones, or debris hurting your feet, or the hot sandy ground burning your feet, or your feet sinking in the muddy ground.
As Christians, we should be constantly ready for battle, because we are in constant war with the devil and he really opposes and fights the Kingdom of God and God’s children
Today in our readiness conversation, Paul reminds us not to forget to put on our battle boots.
“And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.” Ephesians 6:15 AMPC
Our “boots of the Gospel” must constantly be on. What is this Gospel of peace we must constantly put on?
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 NKJV
Our Gospel is that fallen man was rescued from condemnation through Christ, who came to the earth through a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on a cross for our sins, and the sin of the entire world, was resurrected on the third day, ascended to heaven and he is coming again.
I think it is significant that the gospel is likened to our boots. It is in the lead of every step that we take and it is the safety of our walk as Christians. We never want to step out of the space of the gospel
Why should we constantly put on these boots?
- Because it is the Agent of salvation
More than ever, the gospel needs to be preached to the world, to win the battle against the devil
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Romans 1:16 NKJV
Only the Gospel saves. Nothing else! People can only have a relationship with God when they encounter the Gospel. Getting people saved is adding warriors to the Lord’s army in our battle against the devil. We can spread the Gospel from where we are. There are people in our world- a sibling, a parent, a colleague at work, a classmate, and so on that need the gospel.
“And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:15 NKJV
I still believe the gospel is the power of God to salvation!
- Because it is the Agent of Transformation
The Gospel is not just God’s tool to get people born again, it works even beyond that salvation moment as we embrace its implications in our daily lives as Christians. In this battle against the devil we must embrace the transforming power of the gospel by constantly embracing the life of godliness that God calls us to
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV.
We must not be ashamed of the life that the Gospel calls us to! As we go on in battle today, let’s put on our boots and remember that we fight our battles from the victory that Jesus has already won.
Something To Pray
And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Ephesians 6:19-20 NKJV
Pray today that you would speak and live out the gospel boldly in your world.
Oreoluwa interns at Sycamore Church