Sometimes after we come to Christ it can feel like He’s just left us hanging. It can be hard to feel the presence of God in our lives. But a lot of the time, we feel that way because we’re not dressing for the job He has given us here on the Earth.
Ephesians 6:10-17— A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Therefore, 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.
God has provided us with an outfit, an armor, that will allow us to do the part He has set aside for us to complete. But we have to intentionally dress in that armor every single day. Think of a football player—are they going to leave any part of their uniform in the locker room on the day of the big game? No, of course not! They’re going to remember to put on their jersey, helmet, kneepads, shoulder pads, and every other piece of their uniform before going out on the field to play.
And just like football players put on their uniforms, beekeepers wear protective suits, and parents prepare diaper bags, God has given us everything we need to stand strong while we’re still here on the Earth, and dominate with His love in our community. There’s not a piece of the armor of God that isn’t important. It’s all a part of our uniform as members of the Church.
When we’re armored up, we can push back the darkness and bring the light of God into our community. We can deflect the arrows of the devil and reflect God’s light into the world. The enemy wants us to remain passive, but when we remember to dress in the armor, we can actively stand firm against his schemes.
And all of this is so that we can bring the gospel, the most important news we could ever know, to those who need it. That is the ultimate goal of every one of Christ’s followers, and by putting on the armor every day, we can fulfill that purpose.