Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:11
This morning in chapel the Bishop gave a whole new twist to the analogy of God’s armor. Remember, there’s the helmet of salvation, the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, and the sword of the Spirit, God’s Word.
The helmet of salvation guards our thoughts and protects the mind so that it processes and applies God’s truth. We typically wear belts around the middle parts of our bodies for aesthetic and practical reasons. Truth is both beautiful and holds all our theology together. A breastplate, righteousness, protects our hearts from all the things that can spoil and destroy the life of Christ within. We walk in peace as God’s children, and God’s Word, the sword, is two-edged—both protecting and reprimanding us.
When we are children, we love to play dress-up. My granddaughters have all enjoyed taking various pieces of clothing from my closet and dressers to play grown-up. They imitate me and their mothers. Play is a child’s work to help in developing character traits and personality. When our children and grandchildren wear our clothing, they are processing through play what they will become.
So here we get to the armor. The whole object of our Christian journey is to glorify God and to become like Jesus. How better to do that than to dress like him? Jesus IS our salvation, our truth, our righteousness, our peace and has taught us to use that sword in growing into his likeness. The more we wear the armor, the more it becomes like a second skin, and the more we become like Jesus.
The armor of the Lord not only helps us to stand against the wicked intentions of the devil, but it assists us in being transformed more and more into the image of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ. If you’re not wearing it, stop everything, and go put it on right now.
Father, show us the joy that awaits us as we are changed into the likeness of your Son, Jesus Christ. AMEN.