The third piece of armor Paul mentions in Ephesians 6 is the shoes of “the preparation of the gospel of peace.”
Imagine a fully armed soldier. He has his sword, his shield, his helmet, his breastplate and his belt…but his feet are completely bare. The picture probably seems strange, and it should! Just by thinking about it, we can tell something is missing.
But the problem goes beyond just looking odd. A shoeless soldier could run into real trouble in the heat of battle. Unless he is fighting on Astroturf, he is going to encounter some debris. It may be nothing more than twigs and pebbles, but to a bare foot that can cause serious pain—and one of the last things you want to deal with in the middle of a fight is worrying about where you step!
In short, shoes allow us to step freely and without fear while we turn our full attention to the battle at hand.
So what exactly is the Gospel of peace? The Greek word translated gospel—euaggelion—simply means “good news.”
The good news of the Kingdom of God includes the good news about Jesus Christ the King, His grace (unmerited pardon) and His plan of salvation for all mankind. This plan gives us peace now, and will bring peace to the whole world!
What does the gospel of peace have to do with shoes?
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 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!”
God’s Church is sent to announce the good news of God’s Kingdom, which will spread His way of peace around the whole world.
Having our shoes on, we are ready to move, to spread these glad tidings to others.
In the apostle Paul’s day, he walked countless miles in delivering the good news. Today, transportation and communication have changed, but we must also be constantly ready to do our part to spread the good news.
And the way of peace they have not known.
In spite of all human attempts at peace, it’s clear from the daily news reports that this world does not know the road to peace.
The Bible makes it clear that, when God’s Kingdom is established and the entire world begins to live God’s way faithfully, the resulting peace will be universal. There will be no more war or fear, only the worldwide peace that comes from God’s way of life.
In spite of…Walk in perfect peace