Ephesians 6: 11 “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
Although my five-year-old grandnephew, Ethan, lives in Illinois, we have managed to have “Play Dates” two to three times a month since he was born. God has richly blessed our times together! Our activities have changed over the years, from rocking and feeding him his bottle, taking him on stroller walks, to crawling around the house on our knees playing hide and seek. When he began riding his tricycle, I was called upon to push him up the hills! Ethan became interested in baseball early on so we had regular outings at the baseball field. After each “hit”, it was my job to chase him around the bases endless times-he was NEVER out of course! Lately, I’m cheering him on at Tee Ball games, and tubing down water slides at the swim park. A couple of weeks ago, we went on an adventure to the Build-A-Bear store. He picked out the bear he wanted, pumped the hose that filled the bear with stuffing, picked out a heart, kissed it and placed it inside Stuffie. Once Stuffie was stitched up, Ethan needed to pick out something for Stuffie to wear. I was thinking maybe he would pick out the neat Green Bay Packers sweater, but he had seen a knight in shining armor costume when we first walked in the door, and that was the one he wanted!
Mmmm – A teachable moment, I thought! Ethan has attended preschool at their family church for two years. I am so grateful for the seeds of God’s Word that have been planted and nourished in his heart and mind. What a joy to learn that this past spring, he asked Jesus to come into his heart!! We talk a lot about God and what it means to be Christlike. I shared with Ethan that we Christians wear armor kind of like Stuffie’s, but ours is the Armor of God. I went on to explain that even though we don’t see it, we wear:
The Belt of Truth that “holds the parts of the armor and us up each day as we apply God’s truth in our daily lives.”
The Breastplate of Righteousness “that covers the body from the neck to the waste, front and back, symbolizing the believer’s righteousness, living each day intentionally for Christ.”
The Shoes of the Gospel: “These shoes give us better footing to stand firm in Christ and withstand against attacks from the enemy, as well as readiness to go out and share the Good News.”
The Shield of Faith “which is a living faith, trusting in the promises and power of God that deflects attacks to our hearts and minds from Satan.”
The Helmet of Salvation “which refers to the mind controlled by God. As we study our Bible and learn its meaning, Satan cannot lead us astray.”
The Sword of the Spirit “which is the Word of God. It is sharp and is able to pierce the inner being. It is living and powerful, able to heal wounds and give life. Used against Satan, it will deal a blow that will cripple and keep him from hindering God’s work.”
Now when Ethan and I share God’s word in his Bible lessons, or when different situations come up, we can talk about God’s armor and how we can use it to help be true to Christ and help others to see Jesus.
Is God’s armor part of your daily wardrobe?
In Joyful Surrender,
(Quotes taken from: Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, New Testament, Volume 2, Ephesians 6:10-17, pp. 58-59.)