Ever felt that squelchy sensation underfoot, the unmistakable grip of mud clinging to your shoes? It’s like an inevitable adventure through the messiest of terrains leaves its mark with you, unwilling to let go. Funny how such a common occurrence can hold a profound lesson about spreading the gospel.
In this fast-paced world, we’re always on the move. From our workplaces to our homes, through crowded streets and quiet corners, our shoes become silent storytellers of where we’ve been. Just as mud sticks to our shoes and travels with us, the Bible encourages us to carry the gospel with the same fervor.
And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace— Ephesians 6:15 (NKJV)
This verse reminds us to be ever-ready, our hearts and minds prepared to share the good news of Christ’s love and salvation wherever our journeys take us.
When we tread through life, our attitudes, actions, and words spread like footprints. If we are filled with the gospel of peace, then the very essence of our beliefs should naturally spread like imprints wherever we go. Our interactions, kindness, and compassion should reflect the transformative power of the gospel.
Just as we can’t avoid encountering mud on a muddy path, we cannot escape the challenges and opportunities life throws our way. Rather than avoiding them, we are called to face them with the gospel as our guide. Just as mud changes the landscape beneath our feet, the gospel can transform the hearts of those we encounter. Every conversation becomes a chance to leave a gospel mark.
Let’s not be timid about this divine directive. Let’s embrace it. Just as mud spreads without discrimination, so too should our commitment to spreading the gospel. The mud on our shoes doesn’t discriminate between clean and dirty places, and neither should we discriminate between who deserves to hear the gospel and who doesn’t. Christ’s message is for all, and it’s our responsibility to share it unreservedly.
So, the next time you feel that squish of mud beneath your shoes, remember this call. Let your journey through life leave an indelible mark of the gospel, spreading peace and love wherever you go.