The Gospel Shoes
And having shod your feet with the preparation
of the gospel of peace. (Eph 6:15)
many pairs of shoes but I can only wear one pair at a time. The shoes that I
wear most often are the comfortable ones. Preaching the gospel is similar. We
share what we are most familiar (i.e., comfortable) with others over and over
again. This can be our personal testimonies or others’ stories that have
touched our hearts the most. We want to spread the gospel because we treasure
the salvation received and are grateful for all the blessings bestowed upon us.
An attitude of gratitude will bring more blessings in return and make us a
channel of blessing to others.
is a demonstration of a thankful heart. Even a simple testimony may bring about
unexpected effects. Both my grandmother and mother actively witnessed and
preached the gospel after they had experienced miraculous healings. Their
preaching and testimonies helped establish the first and second waves of the
early believers of my hometown church. Jesus told the once demon-possessed man
after his healing, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things
the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.” And he
departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him;
and all marveled (Mk 5:19-20).
the Holy Spirit was an unforgettable and wonderful experience in my life. After
four decades, I still remember vividly the motions of receiving the Holy
Spirit, the first time that I spoke in tongue in prayer, and the inexpressible
joy that filled my heart. Over the years, I grew to understand and appreciate
various functions of the Holy Spirit, particularly as a personal counselor and
also as a comforter. In every story of mine, I see the works of the Holy
Spirit. It is no wonder that the Holy Spirit has become my favorite subject to
share with newcomers.
How beautiful upon the mountains are the
feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings
of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’
all wear the gospel shoes and preach the gospel as we walk our pilgrimage
Questions for Reflection
do we do for others after receiving grace and salvation?
we spoken the word of salvation or shared our stories to the people around us?