The other day I was alerted by a prayer request from someone who has his heart set on reaching a people group that has never been reached. Here is his prayer request:
“Pray that my team and I will be fitted with the “readiness that comes from the gospel of peace” and that we will clearly know the right time to go.”
He is quoting from Ephesians 6:15 which is in the context of “taking up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm” (6:13). The larger context is the great “mystery” of the gospel of pure grace reaching all people groups so we “are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (2:22; 3:4). This man and his team are wanting to be “ready, prepared as with the proper equipment” and go at the right time.
In our day, there are different types of shoes for almost any activity. Going back to the Scripture in Ephesians 6, we are looking at the requirements of a soldier of Jesus Christ. His shoes must be made to “stand firm” under any conditions. Sharing the gospel is not a half-hearted endeavor. At times the soil is ready to receive the messenger and the message, while at other times the ground is hard and resistant. For the soldier of Christ, he cannot have the helmet, shield, sword and breastplate and poor shoes. “All Scripture…is profitable…that the man of God may be complete, equipped, for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Walking in the gospel is a must!
Paul quotes Isaiah 52:7 in Romans 10:15; “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news.” From all these references we must conclude that there is a beauty to demonstrating the gospel as part of our being, anywhere, everywhere, anytime, all the time. A true soldier never has a part-time commitment to their Master. He is in the service of Christ fully equipped and ready! ARE YOU?
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