Heavenly Air Jordans

By Shawn Tomlin

Our next piece of the full armor of God are the shoes of the gospel. Ephesians 6:15 says, “...and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” We all wear shoes, but why? Well they protect our feet of course. Shoes are required for travel, and in the time that Paul wrote Ephesians, most travel was done on foot. Shoes were important then and they are still important now. What’s the connection between shoes, feet, and the gospel?

Travel and the spread of the gospel is, and will always be, closely linked. The last words of Christ in Matthew’s Gospel were “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even until the end of the age.” Christ Himself commanded us to spread the good news everywhere. God works through the words of His people to call His lost to repentant faith in Christ.

Does the gospel really have such power? Especially when it comes from a forgiven sinner? Yes, it most certainly does. Paul writes in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” Without the gospel and the Word no one would be able to truly understand the revelation of God and salvation only in Jesus Christ.

If the gospel could be understood and communicated by simply “living a good life” there would be no need for Holy Scripture.

The gospel must be communicated, unlike that infamous quote credited to St. Francis of Assisi, “Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” One cannot simply live “a good Christian life” and through that spread the saving gospel to those who come in contact with you. God’s Word must be communicated verbally. People must hear the gospel. If the gospel could be understood and communicated by simply “living a good life” there would be no need for Holy Scripture.

Romans 10:14-15 says, “How will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent?” In the Great Commission, Christ sent His disciples out to the rest of the world to preach the gospel, bring unbelievers to faith in Him, and be baptized as “a sign of his fellowship with Him, in His death and resurrection; of his being engrafted into Him; of remission of sins; and of giving up unto God, through Jesus Christ, to live and walk in newness of life” (1689 Baptist Confession of Faith Chapter 29 Paragraph 1).

So tomorrow morning, as you are ready with the Truth and have understanding that your new heart is covered in His righteousness, remember as you put on your shoes, to go out into the world carrying the good news of the gospel, sharing it with everyone. Put some miles on those heavenly Air Jordans because “how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things” (Romans 10:15).

“The LORD bless you, and keep you;

The LORD make His face shine on you,

And be gracious to you;

The LORD lift up His countenance on you,

And give you peace.”

Lee Jones