These Boots Were Made for Walking
July 27, 2011 § Leave a comment
Yes, I am a country girl. Though you will not find me surfing the country music stations or watching CMT, I do like cowboy boots. Traveling in the Dallas, Fort Worth area five years ago, Ron and I browsed in a wonderful store. Red, green, baby blue, and black boots combined with their pleasing leather aroma, this wanna be cowgirl was in awe of everything excluding the price tags!
You may or may not share my enthusiasm at such an establishment. However, please agree with me that those boots were made for walking in the dirt of the earth rather than to sit on a display shelf. These beautiful soles were meant to be worn out, scuffed up and aged from use as are our Christian souls.
We were made to walk in the Spirit. We should walk in love, humility, patience, and unity. (Ephesians 4:1-3)
Christ did not save us to display us in a gallery. Conversely, we are works that glorify Him and lead others to do likewise. Be it purses, shoes, suits, or cars, the maker is the one that we credit for each item’s usefulness and beauty. Rightly so! Our mouths made to proclaim Christ’s majesty and our bodies to do His work. The effect of both praises to God.
Christ’s salvation comes glove in hand, or should I say, foot in boot, with work orders. Salvation heralds our commission to minister to the poor, widowed, hungry, naked souls on the earth (James 1:27 James 2:14-16). Are our boots mud-caked or store-clean? How do you look at LOVE?
In my city, I must intentionally seek out the truly poor; those lacking in physical needs. The spiritually poor must be discerned by the Spirit. Saught by prayer and self-willing, relational observance. Concerning the world’s impoverished, education and action are key. It is far too easy for Americans to turn off, tune out, and replace the dying world’s cries for help with entertainment and self-interests.
This week after the bombing and shootings in Norway, I must admit that I replayed the report and then said to myself, “Oh, it wasn’t in America.” Then I popped in the kids DVD and neglected to concern myself with “these people” or “their” tragedy. Yesterday, Monday, reminded of Matthew 24:12 that in the end times the love of most will grow cold, head bowed and spirit prayed for the victims’ families and for believers in Norway to be the church at this time and proclaim the gospel message. Brothers and sisters, neglecting to pray for others in need is a form of my own love growing cold!
Christ followers endure in His work. Keep walking! It is imperative to remember that boots are not the only accessory that will be needed to walk in the Spirit. Walking in Him requires the full armor. Have we suited up so that we are equipped?
I want to walk in the Spirit. I want my boots to be snug with two feet in each boot: mine and those of “whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” (John 2:27) Unless we are intentionally raising our awareness and response to the state of need in this world, we will be left with a beautiful pair of boots longing for a purpose to walk.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
Raise the Risk Challenge:
- Spend time this week in the book of Ephesians and note all the references to walking. What does this book of the Bible teach about walking in the Spirit?
- Read about a woman whose boots were well-worn. Gladys Aylward was a missionary to China. Her story challenges every believer to walk in Him.
- Act: What has the Spirit been prompting you to do? Obey His voice. He speaks, we should listen and hear.