This is the fourth post in a series of blog posts from Nelson Roberts. (Read Part One here, Part Two here, and Part Three here.) Nelson is a member at Brookstone Church and has recently sensed a calling into full-time vocational ministry. We are encouraged by how God is at work in his life and see clear evidence of this calling. Be encouraged that God has a calling on everyone's life. First He calls us into relationship with Jesus, and beyond that He calls us to a specific purpose in life. All vocations whether it be full-time ministry, working in the business world, or stay at home mom's, are valuable and loaded with purpose in God's design. May these blog posts be an encouragement to you as you read. - Pastor Scott
Let’s look at the next section of our verse!
Therefore, lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.
Strengthen your weak knees! What are weak knees good for? They make standing uncomfortable and unstable, while making movement awkward and tiring. Even sitting can be uncomfortable for weak knees. The mobility of your entire body, your ability to get yourself anywhere, literally hinges on the strength of your knees.
As we again look at the “whole armor of God” in Ephesians chapter 6 we will now turn our attention toward our feet. The word “whole” in the title may seem unnecessary. However, the success of the whole is based on the necessity of each part. Without all of your armor you are vulnerable to attack— and your enemy will know exactly where to strike! While all of the armor is important and deserves its own study we will focus our attention on verses 12-15 to learn how we strengthen our weak knees.
We are at war and every day we are engaged in battle for the souls of those around us. Ephesians 6:12 states that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Our enemy the devil seeks to destroy us. For those of us who are believers he simply tempts us into weakness. If we allow our hands to droop and our knees to be weakened then he is winning. Our lives look empty and pointless and we seem to have no hope to offer anyone. Any faith we have will seem empty and small. This is a wasted life.
We must be prepared for this battle. Ephesians 6:13-14 is instructive: “Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore…” We need all of our armor on so we can stand strong in the evil day. Do not kid yourself: the days are evil and we are ever closer to the return of our King. Stand firm in the knowledge that you have done what God’s Word has told us to do in order to stand strong against evil. Standing with weak knees will be difficult, but to stand firm with armor on is an even more difficult task. Armor is heavy to those who are not practiced and in battle they will find it immobilizing. We must strengthen our knees to stand in our armor and to withstand in the evil day.
Ephesians 6:15 says this, “and as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.” We have been given something: the gospel of peace. The gospel literally translates as “good news”! Specifically, the gospel of peace means that if we are in Christ, we have peace with God. Our sins are forgiven and our identity is rooted in our adoption as sons and daughters of the Most High God. Now that we have peace with God we can also spread peace to all of those around us. This is the readiness given by the gospel of peace. Grace is available to all who are called to be sons and daughters of God.
In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus gives us this great task, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” This is our Great Commission. Jesus gives us this command after He has died and has been resurrected. Before this in verse 18 He tells us that He “has been given all authority in heaven and on earth” and after this in verse 20, Jesus tells us “I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Now, how does this relate to “strengthening weak knees”? The shoes of the armor of God, that all believers should adorn, is the readiness of the gospel of peace. We need to be ready to move, to witness to others. Our gospel-driven feet should be poised for action. My earlier list of weak-kneed difficulties neglected to mention that weak knees are no help at all if you are trying to put on shoes. The armor of God is something we have access to but we must be willing and ready to suit up. Our Lord, Jesus, has given us the Great Commission and this foremost is “Go”! Our spiritual knees must be strong to carry us as we carry the gospel forward.
As I mentioned in the last post about drooping hands, just because a muscle or body part is feeble or weak doesn’t mean it is therefore useless or dead or without purpose. It is not a lack of potential, it is a lack of practice. We must strengthen our weak knees because Jesus has called us to move! He has not only told us to go, but He has all authority in heaven and on earth. In case you’re wondering, this means all power everywhere, ever. Not only this, but He is also with us always, until the end of the age! So, we are sent to carry the gospel forward, Jesus is with us, and He has all authority! “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
Let’s get practical and prayerfully work through some questions.
Are you a disciple of Christ and do you know how to make disciples?
Do you know what Jesus said and what He did while He was on earth?
Do you read your Bible consistently and with purpose?
Do you stand firm in your biblical convictions when this present darkness seeks to overrun and subdue you? Is the Word of God your keel when the storms of this world seek to shipwreck you?
Can you explain the gospel of peace to those ravaged by an unseen war for their souls?
Next we will “make straight paths” but for now “strengthen your weak knees”!