As Amy's father drove her and her friend Sara to a youth banquet at church, the two girls chattered happily in the back seat of the car. It was a dress-up event, and both girls had new outfits for the occasion. "I'm so glad you could come with me tonight," Amy told Sara. "You look so nice."
"Thanks--and thanks for inviting me," replied Sara. "I don't see the inside of a church very often, you know. How come you go all the time?"
"Well," said Amy, "I go to worship God and to learn more about Him." She paused, then added, "I'm a Christian--I've asked Jesus to save me, and I love Him and want to learn how to live in a way that pleases Him."
"What do you mean--you asked Him to save you? Save you from what?" asked Sara as Amy's dad drove into the church parking lot and stopped.
"From sin. We're all sinners," Amy explained, getting out of the car, "but Jesus took the punishment for our sins." Their conversation was interrupted as other kids arrived, so they waved good-bye to Dad and turned to go up the church steps.
Amy glanced down at her feet. She froze in place. "Sara," she gasped, "I forgot my shoes! I've got my old bedroom slippers on! Why didn't you tell me?"
"I never noticed," replied Sara. She laughed as she looked at Amy's bare toes sticking out of childlike animal slippers. "They do look pretty funny with that outfit."
"I'm not going in there like this!" declared Amy. She introduced Sara to a friend. Then she made a quick phone call to her mother and waited at the church door for Dad to bring her good shoes.
"I thought you were wearing just the right shoes," Dad said when he arrived.
Amy held up the slippers. "You like these silly things?" she asked.
Dad laughed. "Oh, I didn't notice those," he said, "but I did notice that you were ready with an answer when Sara questioned you about your salvation. The Bible calls that having your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.' That's so much more important than wearing dressy shoes with your new outfit."
Dad gave Amy a hug. "Have fun tonight," he said. "We'll be praying for you and for Sara."
"Thanks, Dad," said Amy. "And thanks for bringing my shoes, too."
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are you ready at any time to tell others about Jesus —to be a witness for Him? The Key Verse has a phrase that isn’t really used these days. You’d probably say, “Be ready to share that you can have peace with God.” That may mean talking to someone about Him. It may mean explaining what you believe or why you do—or don’t do—certain things. Live in a way that others can tell you belong to Jesus and have His peace in your heart. Let them know they can have it, too.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Ephesians 6:14-15 (KJV)
Stand therefore . . . having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
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