There is powerful rhetoric in Ephesians 6.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Most Believers have heard this passage a millions times. The helmet and shield tend to get top billing. Even the breastplate gets an occasional shout out. But take a look at verse 15. Our feet are to be fitted with the readiness of the gospel of peace. This reminds me of another scripture, Romans 10.
13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
Look at this verse in reverse order (Thank you David Platt for showing me this inversion). Believers go, and preach. They preach, people hear. People hear, and believe. They believe, then call. Everyone who calls will be saved.
So our job is to go. God will do the rest. That is an absolutely liberating thought. The only area of responsibility for me as a believer is to obey and go. God will open hearts. God will give hope. God will save.
Look at it this way. Our feet are to be fitted with the readiness of the gospel of peace. As in, “I must get fitted for a tuxedo. I need to be fitted for my new shoes.” Who then does the fitting? Not you or me, but the Holy Spirit. If we simply go,
He will equip us.
He will empower us.
He will make our feet beautiful.