Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:11
If you live anywhere affected by the current “polar vortex”, then you’re probably aware of the importance of winter gear. Any true northerner knows that you don’t simply rush out in freezing temperatures to make a snow angel in your yard. There are a series of items that you must first put on your body. A warm sweater base layer is needed to hold in body he A properly insulated jacket keeps out the cold. Appropriate footwear is also needed to prevent feet from getting wet and cold.
At this point, you may feel prepared to take on the frigid temperatures, however, you aren’t fully protected, are you? You still need to wrap a scarf around your neck, put on a hat over your head and pull gloves onto your hands. Only then are you ready to step out and face Old Man Winter.
It may be tempting, in the rush to get outside, to skip something. The problem with that is that each item protects a certain part of the body. Each one has its own job, and without it, you’ll leave something out in the cold.
When Paul wrote his letter to the Ephesians, he told them how they could defend themselves: belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, shoes of peace, and sword of the Spirit. In one short passage, Paul told the believers to put on the whole armor of God. To neglect any part of the armor would be to leave some area vulnerable to the enemy’s attack.
You wouldn’t rush out to make a snowman with your bare hands, or trudge through the snow wearing flip flops. If you are wise, you wouldn’t go out in this weather without being properly protected. How much more important than is it to be properly protected before going out into the world?