Don't be Caught without your Shoes on in Battle!
by Charlotte Barton
What kind of shoes do you have on, or are you barefoot?
Ephesians 6:15 says, "And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace."
The Greek word etoimasia for preparation means "being prepared; readiness". It is the gospel of making peace with God and of readiness to meet Him (and do His will and to spread the Gospel.
We should put on shoes that will keep us firm footed, such as ones that will not lose grip when climbing the mountains of life. So are your spiritual feet shod with flip flops or are your feet shod with mountain climbing shoes?
Isaiah 52:7-8 says it so well, "7)How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice with the voice together shall they sing; for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion."
Are your feet shod yet?
Climbing mountains without good shoes would not be a beautiful sight. Paraphrasing what God is saying:
"Zion, Body of Christ, get your shoes on, get your feet prepared to share My Gospel with others. You are to publish, tell everyone about My salvation from sin and salvation from the enemy. Be prepared and ready at all times as a watchman is. My child, get your feet shod with the preparation of My gospel of peace."
What good is it to be a watchman, ready to work for the Kingdom of God, but you failed to have your feet shod with the peace of God's Word and His spirit? You would not be able to go forth when needed to.
Put Your Cleats On!
Roman soldiers' shoes were strong, heavy sandals that were strapped up to the knee and tightly fastened to the soldier's leg. The soles had knobs and sometimes nails protruding from them (ancient version of athletic cleats).
When soldiers have a solid foundation, they can stand unmoved against their opposition, their enemy. They do not slip or lose their balance very often if their feet are gripping the ground.
The cleats sticking out of the shoes are like spiritual roots that keep you rooted and grounded in your faith. When they went out to battle you could definitely say that having their feet shod was not even an option.
The word "preparation" also means "establishment." You stay rooted, grounded, and established by reading God's Word, the Bible, praying, and spending time in God's presence as you worship Him. We are to be established in God and His Word and know His Gospel inside and out, ready to share it with others and ready to use it against Satan. Then, you will have prepared in your heart and spirit the Gospel of His peace to be used with the other spiritual armor.
Having "the preparation of the Gospel of Peace" is a spiritual armor that is used in battle against Satan. So, being ready and prepared to fight having the Gospel, God's Word, in your spirit and ready to use, having His peace in your heart knowing who you are in Christ Jesus and your authority He has given you, is all used to protect you spiritually and used to help counter and defeat the enemy.
Ready for Long Distance Running?
Shoes were, and still are, important to soldiers for marching long distances at speed. This gives the soldier needed mobility. It also makes him available to the commanding officer at the time and the place where he is needed in battle.
Mobility and Availability!
Think of shodding (preparation of) your feet with shoes as providing mobility and availability to your Commander, the Almighty God. When you are prepared to obey His commands, you are ready in all ways. When you obey your Commander, the Lord, your steps are ordered. If you will listen to His voice you will know what direction, what steps to take in battle, you will not follow temptation.
Keep Your Feet Clean!
When you wear shoes, they protect your feet from rocks, dirt, and "unwanted" matter from getting on your bare feet. Having the preparation of the Gospel of Peace means you are established in Him which will help protect you from getting the dirt and unwanted matter of sin on you, or from the trap the enemy would leave for you to "step into" to distract you or make you dirty during battle.
We Don't Have Time To Go Bare Footed!
So, do not go bare footed. Put on your spiritual shoes; Shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace. Be ready and watchful at all times. Go forth in what God has called you to do and in what He has set before you in your everyday life, as well as in your specific calling upon your life.