The Gospel Is the Great Equalizer
The gospel - the good news about Jesus – is the great equalizer. The message of the good news has universal applications. All of us are sinners in need of the good news of grace. And the good news of grace is freely available to all of us. No one is cleared of the guilt of sin without Jesus, and Jesus freely clears anyone who trusts Him from the guilt of sin.
This equalizing nature of the gospel prompted Paul to include it in what he referred to as the “armor of God.” He said, “For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.” (Ephesians 6:15 NLT)
In the last couple of weeks, we’ve been overwhelmed by stories of war in Ukraine, the advances of IS (ISIS) in Iraq as they massacre and persecute Christians, the horrors of conflict in Gaza, Lybia, and Syria, and riots in Ferguson, Missouri. The list could be virtually endless were we to list and detail all of the conflicts and tragedies overwhelming us in our world. But behind all of these points of conflict is the possibility that the gospel can equalize and bring peace to the nations.
And Paul challenged us to wear this gospel of peace as our shoes. Some interpret this as a means of protecting our walk with God, but I tend to think Paul had in mind the footprints soldiers leave behind in their journeys. That is to say, we who believe and hope in the gospel may leave its mark behind wherever we go. As we walk through a world that is certainly not at peace, we should leave behind evidence of the work and potential of the gospel that brings peace.
What do you do when the world is falling apart? Cling to the good news of Jesus. Rest in it. Celebrate it. And spread the word of the good news to any who have ears to hear.