by Paulette Stamper
Based on Ephesians 6, our struggle is not against flesh and blood. Scripture tells us that our battle is against powers and spiritual forces of evil. We have been given battle armor that protects us from our head to our feet. There’s one piece of armor in particular that keeps coming to the forefront of my mind recently – “…your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15 NIV).
Like many of you, I’m watching as our nation seems to be unraveling at the seams. Our current climate can be described as anything but peaceful. What a great opportunity for those of us who have fitted our feet with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace! The world around us may be going crazy, but we don’t have to go crazy with it. In fact, we have been entrusted with the transforming power of the gospel of peace, and we are charged to take it to a world desperate for it.
We have two choices.
We can either slip into the despair, panic, and unrest of the world, OR we can march boldly into it by fearlessly declaring the gospel. Allow me to point out the obvious – we can’t take the gospel of peace to others if we don’t have it ourselves. If we are in Christ Jesus, peace is a gift to us no matter our life circumstances. We need to claim our promised peace! We need to fix our eyes on Jesus! Now is the time to repent of the sin in our lives and return to God with our whole hearts! Now is not the time to shrink back in fear but rather, to march boldly into the darkness carrying with us the only light that has the power to save – the gospel of peace!
What’s on your feet?