Ephesians 6:15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. (NIV)
Here we go again… Wading through knee-high mud, a feeling of being bogged down threatened to rise up. As I edited the early chapters of my book, globs of condemnation started to weigh down my demeanor.
The Lord helped me through, allowing me to make the necessary literary changes. Remembering I’m made new in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17), I allowed Jesus to clean my feet once again. For Jesus assures, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet” (John 13:10). He attends to the needs of His beloved servants. I need not worry about the mud of shame clumping underfoot, as Jesus grants the desires of our heart to be free from sin. Being part of the body of Christ, God places others in our lives to wash the daily grime that accumulates.
Just then, my loving hubby sent me a text. It was a link to the Freedom March. This event celebrates the freedom Christ gives to those suffering from LGBTQ tendencies. Jesus enabled them to commit their lives to Christ over the deceitful allure of self-gratification through sexual sin.
Ahh, I felt the cold splash of grace in my wallowing moment. There are many others who received victory in Jesus, concerning pervasive sexual sin. The Bible assures us whatever sin we face, it is not uncommon to mankind. (1 Corinthians 10:13) The Lord proved His faithfulness leading me and them, the way out.
Today’s verse reminds us to be ready to share Christ’s good news of reconciliation between God and people. Though we’re not promised it will be easy, Jesus promises to never leave nor forsake us. He also assures us, that every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms is already ours through Christ Jesus, Our Lord! (Ephesians 1:3)
And so, through much prayer and petition, we can be sure God will use us when we least expect it. We must always be ready. With thankful heart, we can’t help but share God’s deliverance in our lives. We share witness of His faithful character to guide, encourage and correct us. With eyes of compassion we reach out to others, who are going through something from which God delivered us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 says we received comfort from God, “so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God”.
Though it can be hard to share our testimony with others, there is great reward in it. It’s not comfortable to look back if our eyes are fixed on our sin, instead of our Father’s love for us despite our sin. In my experience, there’s usually one more layer of healing to walk through in sharing my story. I’m convinced I will one day stop feeling the shame of my past, as my head tells my heart… Jesus said He took that all away. I’m forgiven, it doesn’t matter what others think.
Dear Heavenly Father, we remember in awe how You delivered us in our weakness. With eyes focused on You, the fragrance of our praises for you wafts naturally to those around us. In this way You prepare us with the eagerness to lead others into the same love we received from You. ~Amen
Revelation 12:11 They defeated him [the enemy] by the blood sacrifice of the Lamb [Jesus] and by the message of God that they told people. They did not love their lives too much. They were not afraid of death. (ERV)
Sharing the gospel is not the same as sharing our own story/testimony/witness of what Christ has done for us in our life. Sharing how Jesus delivered us from sins and struggles personally, encourages others and only supports the gospel.
The gospel is simple:
Christ is God in the flesh, who came to save. He died to pay for our sins in death, and rose to give us eternal life with Him.