Shoes That Best Fit
In a novel that I read several years ago, the lead character Sammy, grew up in a very poor family and the shoes he wore were usually already torn hand-me-downs from his brother. Desperate and determined to get out of such a life, Sammy used unscrupulous means to work his way up from being an errands boy to a journalist to a well-known and very wealthy scriptwriter and producer in Hollywood. By this time, Sammy’s feet are no longer fitted with old and torn shoes. Instead, Sammy has a shoes specialist who meticulously measures his feet yearly and makes shoes that are immaculately fitted and tailored to his feet. Sammy probably thinks that with such unique and certainly very costly shoes, every stride he takes speaks of the pride and status he now has.
I am pretty fascinated about having shoes specially fitted to my feet. Will I somehow stand taller with them? Will I walk with a spring in my steps with them?
I will only know when I own such a pair of shoes. For now, what I do know is that our God has some great wisdom to offer regarding the shoes we wear.
The Word of God tells us in Ephesians 6:15 (NCV), “On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong.”
To help myself to stand strong in life, what matters is not the brand or style of shoes I wear. It is when I put on the Good News of Christ Jesus that I stand strong.
Every day, our feet take us to different places. To stand strong through life, be it in our career, family, finances, leisure or serving God, we must ensure that our feet are wearing the Good News of peace of Jesus Christ. Wherever our feet tread on, we are to bring the Gospel there.
Alone at home? Sing songs of worship and speak words of praise and thanksgiving unto the Lord. Fill your heart and your home with God’s presence. At your workstation chasing deadlines? Recite Bible verses to encourage and empower yourself. Preparing for an exam in the quiet hours of the night? Proclaim God’s promises that strengthen your spirit.
When we consistently practise this and allow the life-giving Word and Truth of God to permeate our being and environment when we are on our own, we become increasingly empowered to praise God, thank God and share His Gospel when we are in the presence of others.
In Mark 10, we read that Jesus was traveling from one place to another and Mark 10:1 (NLT) says, “…Once again crowds gathered around Him, and as usual He was teaching them.” I love how it says here that as usual, Jesus was teaching the multitude of people. Preaching was Jesus’ constant practice. Wherever He went, He brought the Word of God to the people. Wherever He set foot on, the Gospel was in His heart and on His lips. And I believe that it is this custom and usual practice of His that Jesus always attracted crowds, for Mark 10:1 tells us that “once again crowds gathered around Him”.
The Gospel is attractive. The life and works of Jesus draw crowds. When we live a life like Jesus where sharing the Gospel is our constant and usual lifestyle, we draw the people around us to know Jesus. In the Body of Christ, when every person as usual goes about teaching and sharing the Gospel with others, crowds will be drawn to God and His church.
Matthew 9:36-37 NLT
36 When He [Jesus] saw the crowds, He had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
37 He said to His disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few.”
We must delay no more. Put on our shoes of the Good News of peace and salvation. March on into our everyday life as workers of God’s great harvest. Let wherever our feet tread on, we leave a trail and legacy of the Gospel. Let wherever our feet tread on, we lead and win people to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Isaiah 52:7 (NLT)
How beautiful…are the feet of the messenger who brings Good News,
the Good News of peace and salvation,
the news that the God of Israel reigns!
Let us pray together.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that Your Word always helps me to stand strong. I acknowledge, Lord, it is Your will that all Your children rise up to be Your disciples to take Your Gospel to the ends of the earth, so that Your church stands strong in such a time as this. Yes, Lord, You have called me not to be a keeper of the Gospel, but a bearer and messenger of the Gospel. I commit to live a lifestyle of preaching the Good News of peace and salvation everywhere I go so that crowds upon crowds of people will be drawn to You and be saved. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”