I was reflecting on the armor of God this week, praying for friends who really need to be equipped with the full armor of God right now. In my head I could quote all the pieces of armor apart from the “readiness of the shoes of the gospel of peace.” I realized that this is something I should really remember, it’s so important to remember to be ready.
“Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
We need to be ready for Jesus, living each day for Him. This World is not it! This isn’t the end of the story, this is not our home, our home is with Jesus. We need to be ready to be called home and know that Jesus will say those wonderful words to us, “well done good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23)
Being ready with the gospel of peace also means we need to have verses in our mind to use in times of trouble. The devil wants us to feel worthless and alone, he throws his fiery darts at us so that we will turn away from the Lord. But, God’s word has the authority and the power to deal with these attacks.
When our faith is questioned, we also need to be ready with Bible verses to support our faith, we have a hope to share with others and abundant joy in knowing Jesus, but often our faith is dismissed as foolishness.
1 Peter 3:15
“…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
I love this verse, we cannot argue with people to love God we need to tell them with gentleness and respect that we have such a magnificent hope. This wonderful hope we have means we do not have to fear death and the evil of this world because the Lord Jesus is our Saviour. He saves us from this. There is freedom from sin knowing that we can spend eternity with him in paradise. He can make us ready with His gospel of peace for anything this world throws at us.