Author: Beth Jessup
All we have to do is look around us to see people who are hurting, who are looking for answers, and who are searching for the truth. As wives and mothers, we have so many opportunities to pass out a tract, speak a kind word to another lady or do a kind deed for someone. We are all commanded to go and tell the good news of the gospel of Christ to those we know or meet along life’s journey. As we have gotten involved in Gospel Light Baptist Church in Rogers, AR, our hearts have been challenged to share the gospel more faithfully. It is wonderful to be with a church family so concerned about the lost. We often realize the need to refresh ourselves in this area. Some years ago, I was at a conference, and I shared Ephesians 6:10-20 with the ladies. These verses remind us that we are in a battle for the Lord. Even as wives and mothers, we are to be prepared for this battle. We must all do our part to get the gospel out so we can see souls saved.
In Ephesians 6:13 we read, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.” If we are going to be prepared to stand, we must put on the armour of God’s Word in our lives. We need to have a daily walk with the Lord in Bible reading and prayer. We should also have ourselves surrendered to do whatever God asks of us each day. We should want to be like Christ and be reflecting His love through our lives. We should also make sure our lives are clean and pure each day by keeping short sin accounts. We should not allow sin to reign, but allow the convicting power of God to change our lives and be more like Him each day. Have we “done all to stand”? If we are cultivating our relationship with the Lord, we will be able and ready to stand and help others to know Christ.
“Having your loins gird about with truth.” We have the truth of the Word of God that is without error. We should make special efforts to know our Bible so that we will have the Word of God to speak for us. What about the “breastplate of righteousness”? Are we protecting our hearts? In Proverbs 4:23 we find, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Ephesians 6:15 mentions our feet. Are our “feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace”? When I think about feet, I think about getting up and walking. We need to be prepared to go and share the gospel. I think about my daughter, Susanna, when I read this because she is a soul-conscious individual. She often passes out gospel tracts when we are out together. We need to have the right tools with gospel tracts and our Bible. A soul-winner’s New Testament will fit in your purse with room to spare!
Our “shield of faith” is mentioned in Ephesians 6:16. It is so important in our lives to have a strong faith in God in order to do things we feel we cannot accomplish. The Wicked One will do all he can to discourage and cause us to waver in our faith in God. We need to go out and believe that God will give us opportunities to speak for Him and know what to say.The “helmet of salvation” is the assurance of our salvation. We can know for sure that we are going to Heaven because the Word of God makes it clear in I John. Verse after verse in I John indicates we can know we are saved. A great Bible study would be to go through I John and mark all the verses where you have the evidence of salvation.
In Ephesians 6:17 we find “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Again, we find the most important tool, the Word of God. Along with this, we need to be “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,” We should allow the Holy Spirit to lead in our lives as we talk to people about our Savior. In the closing verses of this passage, Paul asks for prayer, “…that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador…” We seem to always have something to say until we get ready to present the gospel to someone. Our mouth gets dry, and it seems like we cannot find the words to say. The truth is we cannot do this in ourselves, but we can through the power of the Holy Spirit going before us. Let us pray and trust Him to put the words in our mouth to spread His gospel. As wives and mothers, let us not allow opportunities pass us by that can make a difference for a neighbor, someone we meet in a grocery store or a department store, or even when we go to the park and talk to other mothers with children. Let us all do our part for eternity!
Founder’s wife of Baptist Church Planting Ministry