Colossians 1:21-22—This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
We’ve all missed the mark. That’s what sin is—missing the mark of God’s glorious standard. None of us can hit the bullseye every time. We mess up and make mistakes every single day. But when we believe in Christ, we’re brought into God’s family—He adopts us as His kids. All of our past, present, and future misses are covered by Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross.
God rescues us and puts us in display to show His greatness. The Bible calls us His masterpiece; we are His divine treasure, a valuable possessions in his hands. But our lives aren’t perfect after coming to Christ; anything that is also a divine treasure is a target of the Enemy.
It takes awareness and preparation to withstand the arrows that will be thrown at us. Remember that Jesus isn’t just a shipping label that will get you to heaven, but the total package. In his Word we’ve been given the tools we need to prepare ourselves.
Ephesians 6:13-17 says, “…put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Hide yourself in Christ by putting on this armor every single day. Put on the belt of truth by knowing who you are in Christ—a masterpiece, a rescued child of God. Even in the midst of chaos, you can have peace. Every piece of armor equips you to live you, the God-given you, and do the good things that God has for you to do. Put on the armor—write it down somewhere if you need to! Put it somewhere you’ll see each morning when you wake up. Put on God’s armor so you’ll be able to resist the Enemy’s arrows.