This past Sunday at church we began discussing putting on the Armor of God. Nobody in their right mind would say it is very smart to go into battle unprepared or without essentials needed to go to war. Yet, everyday Christians are going into the battlefield (school, work, home, and church, yes, even church!) unprepared and without putting on their armor. The first piece of armor the Apostle Paul tells us to put on is the Belt of Truth. The Belt held everything together for the Roman Soldier, and truth likewise holds everything together for the believer. Notice the more a society drifts from the idea of Truth being absolute the more that culture or society begins to fall apart at every level. We are seeing this before our very eyes today. The second is the breastplate of righteousness, and this word righteousness is related to justice. We are to cover or guard our vital organs with justice. If we hold to truth then there can be justice, but if truth is done away with then justice is no more because justice would simply be an opinion of perspective. The third piece of armor is having your feet shod with the Gospel of Peace. I saw a meme on Facebook that said, “I’ve often wondered what I would do if I found out I only had one day to live. Would I eat junk or go crazy, etc.? Jesus knew, and on his last day to live He washed feet.” Why did Jesus wash His disciple’s feet? He knew that it was these feet that He would be sending out into the world to carry His good news of repentance and redemption. We must as believers be willing to go into the dark places of the world because we are carrying the message of light. Don’t forget to put on your armor of God for protection and peace in a world where the enemy is waiting to attack. We will discuss the rest of the Armor of God next week. Until then be the light of the world!
firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the
breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the
readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.