Sunday, October 14, 2012

Spiritual Armor -- Flip Flops, Cowboy Boots, or Rubber Boots?

This summer we made our first emergency room run with Pearce. He was playing outside in the yard barefooted. We live in the country, and it’s just not something we do. At any rate, he stepped on a piece of glass, and it ended up slicing an artery on the bottom of his foot. He comes running, hobbling into the house. After sees all the blood coming from his foot, he starts screaming, “I DON’T WANT TO DIE TODAY! I DON’T WANT TO DIE TODAY!” That boy needed some shoes! That boy wanted some peace! While Pearce is very curious about the shoes that have come out in the last year or so that have toes…like the shoe is a glove for your feet or something, as a general rule, my son prefers two type of shoes – flip flops and cowboy boots. When push comes to shove, he’ll wear a pair of rubber boots. Erin, on the other hand, has been about comfort, but now she’s getting to an age where she wants a little bling on her comfort. She’s too funny.

So why is there armor on your feet? Philippians 1:27 says, “…standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, working side by side for the faith (that comes from) the gospel.” We are to stand firm in what is taught in the gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. When was the last time you read and studied one of those books? We can stand firm in our faith because of what is in those gospels…our hope, our future, our forever.

Then there’s that whole Great Commission thing…Matthew 28:19-20, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Think about Moses and the children of Israel for a moment when they were wondering in the desert. They wore the same stinkin’ pair of sandals for 40 years. They didn’t wear out (Deut 29:5). Just like here, the Gospel of Peace doesn’t wear out. People are looking in all different kinds of places for peace, and Christians are hiding their lights!

God is providing each believer with a pair of Designer shoes!!!! What girl doesn’t like designer shoes? One of a kind, custom made shoes. You got high arches? No problem. Are you flat footed? No problem. The gospel applies to everyone, and He meets you where you are.

When I was growing up, I had really bizarre feet. I had a 7 ½ AAAA and a 7 AAA. Try getting shoes to fit right on those things! I hated shoes. My feet have changed some, but not as much as some of my girlfriends whose feet grew during pregnancy. Yes, that’s another thing about feet. They grow! As your understanding about the gospel grows and what it means to you, the more it becomes necessary to GO. Share it with your wait person at the restaurant. Share it with the person beside you in the waiting room. Just share.

My kids have me roll down their windows when we go through the drive-ins because they want to tell the workers that Jesus loves them. Something as simple as that is putting your feet to action.

One more point, if you aren’t on your feet moving, you’re on your behind. If you’re on your behind, guess what gets bigger? YEP! Your derrière. And there ain’t no armor to cover that…just sayin’.

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