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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Ephesians 6.15

"With feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace..."

Are you ready? Are you prepared? The word here also has the sense of standing on the right foundation. What is the basis of your good news bringing today? Are you trusting that God is already at work in the lives of those you love? Are you compelled by guilt and obligation instead of flinging yourself into what Paul Weston calls the slipstream of what God is already up to? The Father is doing. John 5.19. We simply join in with that.
And yet. We must speak. Romans 10.14. We are not passive in this partnership. The good news is an announcement, an event, an act that breaks into reality and flips all on its head. This very moment is a moment of opportunity for the good news to break in. Mark 1.14

What is this news? What is God  already doing? What kind of greeting might this be that we bring? Luke 1.29. Paul makes it clear. This gospel is of peace. Eirene. Eiro meaning, beautifully, to tie something together into a whole. God's good news in Jesus Christ is that we can be tied back together again. All our brokenness can be redeemed. All that was lost can be restored. We can receive the gift of God's perfect wholeness, his Shalom. And that is good news indeed. That is the news that this world aches for.

Oh Father God, let us trust in the wholeness of your gospel today. Let us trust in our role as reconcilers. 2 Corinthians 5.11-21. Be ready today. Be prepared. Colossians 4.2-6. 1 Peter 3.15. Check where your feet are standing.

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