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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.”—Romans 13:12 (NKJV)
I was standing at the front of my classroom awaiting the arrival of my second-period students, when a frantic teenager ran through the door and up to my podium. “Ma’am, I need to go to the office to call my mom,” she explained. Panting for air, she continued, “I forgot I had a soccer game today and left my uniform at home!” I wrote the unprepared athlete a pass to the office and prayed silently that mom had washed her uniform.
Some athletes are passionate about the game. They sleep with a soccer ball close to their heart and wake up dreaming of scoring a goal. Others are less enthusiastic. They sit on the sidelines and forget to put on their game face (or bring their uniform to school.)
The early Church in Rome also had varying degrees of passion among the “team.” The apostle Paul was concerned that some of the Christians might forget they were in battle and wander aimlessly throughout their day—without the necessary protective gear. Therefore, Paul urged them to put on the armor of light.
The apostle is also challenging us. Time is short, so today is the day for us to fully clothe ourselves in the grace of Christ and shine with His glory. We are children of light in a world that is increasingly dark. His return is imminent, and tomorrow we may not have the opportunity to reach that neighbor or friend or family member with the good news. We must get in the game now!
Do you have your game face on? Do you faithfully strap on the sharpened sword of Truth every morning? Are you protecting your heart and mind with the shield of faith and helmet of salvation? We cannot wage war in the power and might of the Spirit if we are still clinging on to the garments of the flesh.
I don’t want to be caught without my uniform on the day Jesus returns. Let’s purpose to get in the game as soon as our feet hit the floor each morning.
DIG: Read 1 Thessalonians 5. What further admonition does Paul provide for children of light?
DISCOVER: Do you know someone who is wearing his or her uniform well right now? Invite that person to sit down for coffee to share ideas on how you can stay “game ready” more consistently.
DISPLAY: Pray about one person you are going to share the gospel with this week. Ask God to help you put on your armor and bear His light with wisdom and courage.