Do you ever run late for an appointment? Please tell me I am not the only one. Well, thanks to my family, I know I’m not alone. This morning my son had planned to leave for school around 7:30 a.m.; however, it was more like 7:45 a.m. when they pulled out of the driveway. As I turned to walk inside, I saw all of his lacrosse gear in the garage floor. That was going to be a problem for him because he has lacrosse practice later today. He’s the goalie, so he stands there while his teammates shoot lacrosse balls at seventy to eighty miles per hour straight at the goal he’s standing in….he needs his gear. Without it, Sam would get injured and couldn’t even die if hit in the right place unprotected. I ran to the phone and called my daughter’s cell phone telling them to turn around and pick up his gear.
We’re the same way. We go through life with the enemy firing shots at us that can take us out if we aren’t protected. In fact, his plan is to make direct contact with unprotected areas to bring about the most harm possible [John 10:10a]. God knows this and He has made provisions for us to keep us safe. Ephesians 6:10-18 is about the armor of God we are to put on daily for our own safety. This doesn’t just magically appear on our bodies because we are believers. We must take time to collect our armor and assemble it on our bodies each day. When we fail to do it, we’re sitting ducks. Sometimes we go through our days so quickly, rushing here and there, we forget it. This is why the Lord calls us to be part of a body [1 Corinthians 12:27]. We are to be there for one another and sharpen one another [Proverbs 27:17]. If we notice someone going through life without their armor on, as their brother or sister in Christ we need to call them back to claim their gear. It’s sitting there waiting for them, but they have to pause long enough to retrieve it.
What are your plans today? Where are you going? Have you taken time to collect your armor and put it on today? If not, turn around, because it could be deadly to leave home without it.