Freeway traffic on a Sunday afternoon. Everyone with a destination in mind. Cars flying by. Road construction. Detours. Sports cars, trucks, motorcycles, compact cars, trailers, campers, and … feet in the windshield.
On the way to our daughter’s house about two hours away, I happened to look in my rearview mirror; following close behind was a vehicle with feet in the windshield. Not just feet, but bare feet.
The apostle Paul talked instructed us very specifically about our feet: “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace…” (Ephesians 6:14-15 KJV)
How often do we leave the house without shoes … without preparing ourselves to carry the gospel of peace wherever we go?
The bare feet in the windshield spoke volumes to me. We begin our days taking time to shower, fix our hair, put on clean clothes, brush our teeth, and more. We make the bed, take out the dog, grab our cup of coffee and run out the door. However, too often we neglect to prepare ourselves spiritually. So many believers fail to take the time to make sure their “shoes” are on.
We have an obligation, as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, to complete our daily adornment which includes (among other things) preparation of our feet. The feet others see should never be bare but should always be “shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.”
How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”
(Isaiah 52:7 NIV)
Are you prepared to bring the good tidings of Jesus Christ? Are you ready to proclaim peace and salvation? Does your presence in the midst of unbelievers proclaim, “Our God reigns!” Will your feet carry you into every encounter fully prepared to share the Gospel?
If your feet were in the windshield in my rearview mirror, what would they look like? Would they be fully “shod” or would they be bare?
Father, I confess that too many times my feet are like those in the windshield … bare and unprepared. Forgive me, Lord, for not always taking the time to prepare myself properly before starting my day. Lord, I want to have beautiful feet, carrying the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ to all. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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