Welcome to Redeem the Commute. I’m Ryan, your host for this daily challenge. It’s Thursday, the day we try to apply and live out what we’ve learned this week from the Bible. This week we’ve been studying a passage in the Book of Ephesians about the “armour of God”.
We all have our weaknesses. We can joke about it – chocolate, good wine, etc. But it’s a serious thing as well – we all have parts of our lives that are vulnerable and at risk of throwing us off our Christian walk.
It’s not easy to follow Jesus in a world where there are principalities and powers aligned against us. Where evil attacks us.
Whether you like the military imagery of this passage or not, it reveals that this is an important part of Christian faith. Being aware there are enemies of God, that they can have a real impact on our discipleship, and that we needn’t be scared, but can turn to God’s protective “armour” for help.
We’ve looked in detail this week at the types of armour we’re called to put on. But it’s a big metaphor, and we want to put it into practice.
Make a list of the vulnerabilities the armour are meant to protect against. What does the belt of truth guard against? Lies! What does the helmet of salvation guard against? Fear!
Write down a list like that, with vulnerability for each of the pieces of armour.
Then, circle the one where you know you are most vulnerable.
Challenge: Can you identify any ‘chinks’ in your armour? Where are your defences low, and how can you intentionally “take up” God’s armour instead? Pray about this, envisioning yourself actually putting on that armour today as you head into whatever challenge comes next in your day.