Psalm 125; I Kings 18:1-18; Ephesians 6:10-17
As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. Ephesians 6:15
I don’t spend much time thinking about or shopping for shoes. Altogether I have: winter boots, canvas summer sneakers and walking sneakers, black flats and boots and heels, cordovan loafers, brown leather outdoor boots, an off white pair of pumps, and blue slippers. Most were bought at LLBean or Bass Shoe Outlet. They are comfortable, last a long time, and get me out the door for any occasion or activity.
Each day, I choose my shoes to fit the weather, terrain, and expected activity – boots for snow, loafers for a day in the city, heels for dressy occasions. Choosing the right footwear makes my day easier; the wrong shoes make every part of my day more difficult, painful even. So simple a choice with such immediate consequences.
Perhaps that’s why no particular shoe is listed in the full armor of God. What makes me ready to proclaim the gospel of peace depends upon a particular situation, not just a general capability or category. I want something that gets my feet moving in the right direction, that provides traction, and keeps me from tripping over my own feet. Metaphorically flexible, with plenty of support.
I’d better make sure to take the shield of faith, too. Without that, the shoes that make me ready to proclaim the gospel may also help me run away from the place I need to proclaim it.
Come, Lord Jesus, Come.
Offered on December 15, 2014.