“having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace…” v.15
The gospel of peace provides us with readiness, good firm footing, and sense that we are prepared to face whatever comes our way! The word ‘preparation,’ speaks of readiness, a firm footing and being prepared or equipped. As we’re reminded in Titus 3:1 – ‘be ready to every good work.’ If we have trouble with our feet, we can’t stand – and if we can’t stand, we can’t engage the enemy very well.
This peace is reflected in a number of ways. We know that we are at peace with God, that we have the peace of God, that we are at peace with one another, and that peace of God rules our heart (Colossians 3:15). When peace rules your heart, it acts like an umpire in arbitrating as the situations that come our way. This brings a blessed balance to our lives. In fact, balance is vitally important in our lives as followers of Christ. Many of the problems we experience are due to a lack of balance. This is something that the enemy of our soul knows all too well. We are not Christians in sections or in parts. Our faith encompasses the whole life, the whole person. That’s why we put on the whole armour of God, so that we can protect ourselves at every point.
Balance is realising that each part of the body is essential to the true functioning of the whole and it is realising that each piece of God’s armour is essential to the effective stand against the strategies of the devil.
When you are standing in peace, the blessings will become evident.
Your stability will be insured, because you are grounded in the truth of God’s Word.
You will gain a confidence in your walk, through your reliance on the Word.
Your mobility will be enhanced – because stability without mobility is a disability. It’s like being a lamp post – stable but lifeless, giving out light in a limited area.
As soldiers of Christ we must be willing to move in response to our Commander Christ Jesus. Which means your opportunities will be increased in sharing Christ with those who need to know the reason for the hope in which you stand (1Peter 3:15).