Bible Ballistics: BBs #301 What Footprints Are You Leaving?

 

We often talk about the “Armor of God” as scripture tells us to put on, and this morning as I was praying about what to share with you (As well as praying on my own “Armor of God”), I was drawn to the “Gospel of Peace” in which we are to walk along this Christian journey! I also thought about the uniqueness of this armor—the first three pieces of armor represent what we “receive” IN Jesus when we are born again; while the second three pieces can represent what we are to do IN and through the power of Jesus that we receive by the Holy Spirit. And of course all of the armor is made more effective by the seventh piece—PRAYER!

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…..”   Ephesians 6:13-18a

Not to diminish the import of the first two pieces of armor, I want to focus on the third, the “preparation of the gospel of peace” which is to be our footwear. Why is that important? I think part of the importance of this piece of the armor is not only that it protects our feet as we walk, but it is also to be the “mark” of our journey. What do I mean? I mean, as we walk through this life as a follower of Jesus Christ and a believer in His death, burial and resurrection for our sins, we are to leave “footprints” of “Good News”! The Good News of the Gospel of peace. What peace are we talking about? Let’s allow scripture to answer that question, and Romans chapter 5 gives us great insight.

Therefore

being justified by faith,

we have peace with God

through our Lord Jesus Christ:”    Romans 5:1

But why do we need to “have peace with God”? We aren’t His enemy are we? Well, since you asked, yes we are. Because of Eve’s and Adam’s ‘sin’, man became alienated from God—the personal relationship and fellowship that they had experienced with God before ‘sin’, died! They were now alienated from the God who created them (And that is one reason it is important that we believe the first 11 chapters of the Bible—if those chapters aren’t true, then there is no creator, there was no “Adam and Eve”, there was no sin, and we don’t need a Savior!), Yet God didn’t leave them without a remedy. God loved them and told them that He had already made provision for their restoration and redemption back into His favor. They could once again have an intimate relationship with God because He would provide ONE to save and deliver them. One who would make the way for them to be at peace with God once again; and Paul goes on in Romans 5 to describe this redemption, this Gospel of ‘peace’!

While this is a rather lengthy passage, I think it is well worth our consideration as it can help us to see what a great gift God provided for us IN Jesus Christ our Lord! And when we have “peace with God”, how could we not leave footprints of this “Good News” everywhere we go? We shouldn’t (You know, we should not, not, pun intended!!!)!

By whom also

we have access by faith

into this grace

wherein we stand,

and rejoice

in hope

of the glory of God.

And not only so,

but we glory in tribulations also:

knowing that tribulation

worketh patience;

And patience,

experience;

and experience,

hope:

And hope maketh not ashamed;

because the love of God

is shed abroad

in our hearts

by the Holy Ghost

which is given

unto us.

For when we were yet without strength,

in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

For scarcely for a righteous man

will one die:

yet peradventure for a good man

some would even dare to die.

But God commendeth his love

toward us,

in that,

while we were yet sinners,

Christ died for us.

Much more then,

being now justified

by his blood,

we shall be saved from wrath

through him.

10 For if, when we were enemies,

we were reconciled to God

by the death of his Son,

much more,

being reconciled,

we shall be saved

by his life.

11 And not only so,

but we also joy in God

through our Lord Jesus Christ,

by whom we

have now received

the atonement.”    Romans 5:2-11

How can that NOT be Good News? Yet if it is such good, good news, why would we keep it to ourselves? Why would we not take the truth of the salvation that Jesus provides to those who will believe, everywhere we go? And just as importantly, shouldn’t our lives leave “footprints” of His glory, love and sacrifice for the world? If someone were following my footprints, where would they end up? Am I leading people to Jesus or somewhere else? Are my footprints a reflection of the Lord Jesus Christ I claim to serve, or do they reflect worldliness rather than Jesus?

I think back to the old western movies, and the “trackers” who could follow the “footprints” of the horses and apprehend the “bad guys”. I think our ‘footprints’ should lead others to desire to apprehend the Savior who died for them. Are we leaving “beautiful” footprints for others?

How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:15b