Put on Your Shoes

April 6, 2011

in Pastor's Corner

Most people don’t do a lot of thinking about shoes unless they happen to sell them, or think that shoes are a fashion statement. The time we do the most thinking about shoes is the time when we are getting ready for a special event or when we have to do without them. Shoes are very important to all of us!

Shoes are necessary and highly specialized. Think about all the different kinds of shoes there are. Some examples might be basketball shoes, tennis shoes, football shoes or cycling shoes, all very different, and very necessary for the task at hand.

Different occasions require different shoes as well. Ladies don’t wear high heels to wash the car, and men don’t wear wingtips to mow the lawn. Shoes are specialized and useful indeed.

The other day I decided to put some things in the garage that were underfoot in the house. I happened to be bare footed at the time and without giving it a thought I set out for the garage.  My poor feet found every stone, sticker, bee, and hot spot from the house to the garage! If you want to illustrate this idea of protecting your feet from harm just take off your shoes, walk outside, and see how far you get without stepping on a rock, or walking on some real hot cement, or stepping on a sticker!

In the spiritual life of the Christian, there is a necessity for one to put on shoes as well, that is, his or her spiritual shoes. Ephesians 6: 15 “…and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE…”

The feet connect us with the ground, they hold us upright and are the first part of us that determine direction. If your feet go in a direction the rest of you will surely follow. The Psalms put it this way in  PS 119:58-60

58”I sought Your favor with all my heart; Be gracious to me according to Your word.

59I considered my ways And turned my feet to Your testimonies.

60I hastened and did not delay To keep Your commandments.”

That statement there about turning “my feet to your testimonies” is the equivalent to the Ephesians statement regarding having the feet “shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” There is a prior commitment in the Christians heart and life about the direction that he will take. In the Psalmist words, “I hastened…to keep your commandments.”

Realize that for us to live a life that pleases the Lord, we will have to commit ourselves to obedience to His word. We will have to decide in advance to keep His commandments. How your feet meet the road is where your direction is decided. If you are prepared by having your feet covered by the Gospel of peace, it is then that you will be protected. Put the shoes on, walk in His ways. Decide now and He will make your paths straight!