...and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes with the gospel of peace. -Ephesians 6:15
I think this piece of armor may very well be my favorite to study. It's such a beautiful thing to read about. Often, when we talk about the feet being fitted we have the image of the sandals worn into battle, how they are sturdy leather with the spikes coming out of the bottom. They definitely aren't meant for style or comfort but are purely for function. However, when I read deeper into God's Word on the subject these are the words I love most.
...How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news. -Romans 10:15
This verse is in reference to a scripture in Nahum.
Look, there on the mountains the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace! - Nahum 1:15 and then they celebrated because those feet of peace mean that no more will they be invaded, the enemy has been destroyed completely.
Isaiah goes on to share...
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" -Isaiah 52:7
Sister, when we are being called to be the hands and feet of Christ, we typically find ourselves being the hands more than the feet. Many of us have servants hearts and our hands are always serving but, we are called to do more. We are called to strap on the shoes of the gospel and go out and tell others of the peace that Christ brings. If we are called to do this in the world, don't you think we are first called to do this in our own home. We are first called to tread on the foundation that God has set for our families, our marriage.
While the Roman soldiers wore shoes with hobnails to give them a better footing for battle. We are called to wear something slightly different. If we are going to "stand" against and "withstand" the enemy we must make sure that our feet are strapped with the gospel of peace. We are to walk out the Gospel every single day. Because we have the peace of God that comes with the Gospel, we do not need to fear the attack of Satan or of men. we must be at peace with God and with each other if we are to defeat the Devil. (James 4:1-7)
The shoes also represent to us that we must be prepared each day to share the Gospel of peace with a lost world. The most victorious Christian is a witnessing Christian. The most victorious marriages are also a witness to the world of the Gospel. The number one purpose of your marriage has always been to represent the mystery of the Gospel. Your marriage is active and living and serves as a witness to the world of the love Christ has for His Church. We aren't perfect, we are broken people who live life in a broken world and we are called to do our very best with such conditions, but that's where the Gospel comes in.
If we wear the shoes of the Gospel, then we have the "beautiful feet" mentioned in Isaiah and Romans. Satan declared war, but you are an ambassador of peace within your own home first and then to the world. As a believer, you take the Gospel of peace wherever you go. Just as God reached out and found us and made us a promise, loved us, and continues to love us despite our faults, you are to do the same for your husband.
I don't know where you are in your marriage, if you're engaged, dreaming, newly married, decades in, full of love, loveless, full of memories, or memories not yet created. The good news is, that your marriage is so sacred to our Father that it is literally designed to reflect the Gospel of Jesus, a gospel of love. Whether broken or strong, happy or uninspiring, new or old, your marriage matters. You have a choice to be the good news every single day. Yes, the world needs you to be those beautiful feet on the mountain but so does your husband. Some wives are blessed to have husbands that are great men of God and some wives are hitting their knees praying for their husbands salvation. No matter where you are in your marriage, not matter what it looks like from the inside or outside, your marriage is cherished by the One who loves you most. Walk with footsteps that are readied with the gospel of peace.
Lord, I give You the glory that is due Your name for the work you have done here today. All blessing and honor and glory and power be to You. You are great and greatly to be praised. I bless You and magnify Your Holy name, Lord, in my worship and praise for You give me the wisdom to share your Gospel message. Place on my lips the words that the world needs to hear. In my marriage Lord, let it be a reflection of Your story of love and redemption. You are great, and You are a miracle worker. My marriage needs a miracle, it needs Your divine touch. Teach me Lord how to be ready with Your good news. Let me remember Your loving intentions for my marriage through hard times and the good. Lord, restore time that has been lost, and redeem words that have been said that do not reflect Your love. Magnify Your love for us through the representation of my marriage to others. Let your glorious ways be known on the earth and Your salvation among the nations. Thank you Jesus. Amen
I am married to my high school sweetheart. We've been pressing ahead together for over 24 years. We have 5 beautiful children; 3 by my own body and 2 through foster to adopt. I wrote this Bible study in 2009, years ago, for myself and shared it on my blog. It is very dear to my heart. It's been tweaked and edited many times and I'm proud to be bringing it back to you. Over the years I received countless emails from women who credited this study with changing their marriage for the better. Since removing it from my old blog I have received just as many emails asking when it would return. I hope you enjoy spending your time in God's Word with me.