I’ve inherited a lot of good traits from my parents. However, one that tries my patience I inherited from my father – flat feet. Now I love shoes – good looking shoes – but putting my flat foot into a stylish heel is like me trying to cram a whale into a kayak. But it’s not all bad – I’ve learned the importance of a good pair of shoes, ones that are supportive and help align your body correctly. After all, pound for pound, our feet receive a lot of punishment throughout life. That’s why I found the following information so intriguing, because shoes do matter.
First century Roman soldiers wore sandals, but they also wore boots with small cleats that gave them firm footing in battle. These boots gave them protection in battle when their enemies buried sharp sticks in the ground, designed specifically to immobilize whoever stepped on them. They had to keep their boots on.
The importance of footwear has been used throughout history as a legal agreement between two parties. When one person gave up his sandal to hand to the other, that represented a signature of sorts. The custom of throwing the shoe after the newly wedded couple is but one of the many instances in which the shoe, when used according to formula, was supposed to bring luck.
The shoe is important to Christians, especially. Christians face spiritual battle everyday. Writing to the believers at Ephesus, the apostle Paul said, “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. . . . For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared” (Ephesians 6:11, 15).
The shoes Paul speaks of is all about mobility as we share the Good News of Jesus Christ to others. Romans 10 says, “And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, ‘How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!’” (Romans 10:14–15).
The Bible instructs us that soldiers under the command of Jesus Christ are to be on duty at all times. We are to be alert, ready, and looking for opportunities to share the gospel. Are your shoes made for walking?
Ephesians 6:13-17 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.