Mother Theresa lived the Gospel every day. She used the gifts God gave her in places from which most of us would stay away. She embraced the peace and humility of Christ and was a model of His love everywhere she served. She wore the SHOES OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE.
Peter tells us in his first letter that we are to love one another, offer hospitality, and serve others. In other words we,too, are to wear the SHOES OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE.
Each of us has been given certain gifts from God which we are expected to use to His glory. We are not to feel pressured and anxious when using these gifts. Through our actions others should be able to witness the peace which can come only from God.
It rattles Satan when we keep our minds clear and maintain self-control as we are living our lives. He would much rather have us filled with anxiety and fear. His desire is for us to lose our cool when things don’t go the way we think they should. What better time for the devil to invade us.
I’m sure Mother Theresa had moments of anxiety while doing her work for God, but she did not let it take over her life. She continued bringing God’s love and peace to people who would otherwise never know Him.
Jesus demonstrated the GOSPEL OF PEACE throughout His life. He spent His time ministering to others, healing them, releasing them from demons, feeding them, even washing their feet. He maintained control and peace while using His gifts. Even when the Pharisees were trying to trick Him into saying something He could be arrested for, Jesus didn’t become anxious. He answered the questions calmly and truthfully.
The SHOES OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE are the part of the spiritual armor which keeps us free from the control of anxiety. The SHOES help us follow the example set by Jesus and exhibited by people like Mother Theresa. We can use our God-given gifts and do the work He plans for us without anxiety and worry. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the GOSPEL OF PEACE. God will provide the strength we need to use our gifts in serving others.
Keep your feet tight in the SHOES, live the GOSPEL OF PEACE and Satan won’t stand a chance of winning the battle.
APPLICATION: Pray daily asking God to give you the peace of mind and the freedom from anxiety to live out the Gospel message.