Affective analogies always work well for me when I am trying to learn new things. What would assist me now if I was to go into ‘battle’ in my own life?
Reference: v.11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (NIV Bible)
Explore: I am a visual person who likes to hear stories. Therefore affective analogies always work well for me when I am trying to learn new things. The ‘Armor of God’ is a great analogy for Christians to put on the characteristics of God to assist us in our faith journey. I must say, however, that in the last 29 years I have had little use for armor in my everyday life. What would assist me now if I was to go into ‘battle’ in my own life? Considering my battle would be with words not with swords it brings a whole new spectrum of protective gear. Maybe my armor would be the dictionary of truth, the broadband internet of righteousness and the iPod of readiness. It would help if I had a bachelor of faith, the worship CD of salvation and a NIV commentary of the Spirit! Doesn’t quite have the same ring as the armor, does it?!
Application: Of course the armor analogy is still very effective as we do know about our combative history. However it is interesting to think what affective ‘armor’ we could use today. Sometimes we are so busy preparing for the ‘battle’ that we miss the whole fight. Your intention needs to be that you go out on the battlefield otherwise your preparation is almost wasted. Many people I know are trying to equip themselves with the ‘right’ knowledge of God and yet are never going out to meet people who are not Christian. We end up just becoming weighed down with all our knowledge and preparation and yet never putting it into practice because the only people we associate with are other Christians. The preparation is important but the only way we are going to engage in discussion is if we have relationship with other people. Maybe our best equipment for our faith journey is not armor or knowledge, maybe it’s relationship skills. I guess Jesus knew that when he constantly encouraged his disciples to love other people. He knew that love was always going to be the best weapon throughout all the ages.
Prayer: Lord, we desire to be strong in You. Sometimes our faith is weak, our knowledge is lacking and our stamina is faltering. May we find all that we need in you and desire that love and grace for all people. Amen.
What do you find is your best piece of ‘armor’ as you express your faith to others?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.