Battle Ready: Beautiful, Gospel-Fitted Feet

Highlight:

(15)  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Romans 10:15

Explanation:

The idea that the Gospel of peace would be connected to these battle boots, these cleated sandals, is not suprising.  Good news getting places is connected with the feet in scripture.  Romans 10:15 quotes Isaiah 52:7.  It’s a beautiful verse:

(7)  How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

Isaiah 52:7

Our God does reign. The good news is that our God condescended.  He became flesh and dwelt among us.  He became obedient unto death, even death on the cross.  Why did he do it?  That’s the rest of the good news.  He did it so that all that call on him would be saved.  To call on him to be saved they must believe on him.  To believe on him they must hear about Him.  To hear about Him they must be told about Him.  To be told about Him the soldier must be sent.  In sending there will be a fight.  Why?  Because Satan wants to hinder our service.  There is no message that he hates more than that God reigns, and desires that all men repent and come to the knowledge of the truth.  Satan hates the Gospel.  He’s going down and he wants to take everyone he can with him.

Application:

People that carry the Gospel to those who need it have beautiful feet.  Those feet need every advantage they can get as they are sent.  Those feet that carry the good news need to be attached to bodies with helmets, swords, breastplates, and shields.  Sharing the Gospel of peace with God is a big deal.  It’s the main thing.  We must do it well.

Response:

Lord, God, please help us to have Gospel fitted feet.  Help us to put our armor on every day, and not to forget where we need to go, and why we need to go. Amen.

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