As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel . . .Ephesians 6:15
In any athletic competition or physical activity, where speed and agility and quickness are a must, competitors must constantly be in an athletic position. Your feet shoulder width apart, knees bent, weight on your toes, body tilt forward in balance so that one can move instantly in any direction needed be it forward, side to side or backward. Not relaxed, on your heels, slumped shoulders as if you are going to relax into a comfy deck chair. If you are not in that ready stance, you are going to get beat, gotten past, you are going to miss the opportunity to make the play, you are not going to be successful. Being physically ready to move is the point.
While that deck chair may be calling us at times to relax as we anticipate some increasing sunshine coming our way as we head into the summer months advancing, God reminds us that the inviting time of proclaiming good news to others is always prime time. And that image of keeping the weight on our toes is a metaphor for being ready to advance his saving word.
The Ephesians verse above reads, “put on whatever will make you ready.” What makes us ready to move in proclamation?
Being in good shape to play, having a pair of quality shoes and having the ability to visualize quality play making help in sports. Being a part of announcing the good news of sharing what God has done in Jesus and what difference that makes is being ready.
When I think of being ready and on our toes as believers, I think in terms of the Spirit in us. We are going to be celebrating the grand Spirit Day in the church known as the Day of Pentecost on May 20th. It is the official day when God by the promise of the risen Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to give us power to believe in Jesus and live for him and others. It is the official day when the mission of God made the church a church with feet ready to proclaim the good news of Jesus for everyone.
When we think in terms of our sports metaphor, the disciples were getting kicked pretty bad by the powers of evil in the world. But when the Holy Spirit came to dwell in believers, even create us believers in the first place, something was poured out that made our feet ready to speak saving news. We were made to be on our toes, leaning forward ready to proclaim. It is this particular anticipation and attitude that desires to live to make Christ known.
Paul writes in Galatians 5:22 that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.” In fact, there is no power greater than such things. Because God by the promise of the risen Jesus sent the Holy Spirit upon disciples, our feet are made for moving in obedient direction to bring hope and peace to others. The Spirit of the Living Christ in us says so.
So put on whatever to make you ready for delivering good news! He’s pouring out the gifts to do just that.
All joy and peace to you in believing, serving together in God’s Great Commission.