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All About The Shoes
4/22/2016

For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.  And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. Col. 1:19-23 (NKJV)

I was speaking with my wife Carol, and we were discussing her cute outfit. She smiled and said, “It’s all about the shoes.”  I laughed, but she said, “I’m serious…the shoes make the outfit.”

Now while I’m definitely no shoe aficionado, I thought about her comment for a moment, and I concurred. I suspect most of us do—after all; it wouldn’t be real optimal to wear a pair of motorcycle boots when we go out hiking. Nor would it be all that practical to wear a pair of flip-flops to go jog a marathon. All this to say, there is a perfect pair of shoes for each task. 

As funny as this may sound, God’s word affirms this truth. In the book of Ephesians we are told, “take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace…” Eph. 6:13-15 (NKJV)

So we are told to prepare for the spiritual battle we will inevitably face by making sure we have on our “shoes of peace.”

Q:     So what are the shoes of peace and why are they called this?

The shoes of peace are basically “the gospel of peace.” Specifically, the gospel message about Jesus Christ, about who He is, His death, and resurrection, and the good news of how we can be reconciled unto God through our profession of faith in Him as our only way to be saved (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 15:1-4). They are called shoes of peace because prior to receiving Jesus we were enemies of God, and therefore alienated from Him (Col. 1:21; Rom. 5:10).

And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” Rom. 10:15 (NKJV)

Thankfully, we are now reconciled to our Heavenly Father, and are robed in righteousness because of Jesus. I guess those shoes of peace do look perfectly suited to our new outfit. 

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Colossians 1:19-23, what provision has God put in place for us to be reconciled unto Him?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you place your hope for being reconciled unto God solely in Jesus?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Make sure you put on your shoes of peace each day, and look for opportunities to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for reconciling me unto You through Your Son, Jesus. Thank You for allowing me to bring this good news to others, so they may be saved. Help me to share this message today Lord. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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