A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
The sportswear company Puma had some explaining to do following Sunday’s European soccer match between the Swiss and France. At least four players on the Swiss team had large parts of their back exposed as their jerseys were torn and literally falling apart. Puma believes the problem was caused by damaged yarn which weakened the integrity of the garment. Puma isn’t the first sportswear company, nor will they be the last, needing to explain why their product didn’t hold up under intense competition.
A place where Christians cannot afford a wardrobe malfunction is in the area of our spiritual armor. Writing from prison with a Roman soldier probably at his side, Paul tells believers in Ephesus to, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” It is essential that when we go out into the world we go appropriately dressed. Everything that we need to successfully battle sin and temptation has been provided for us in Jesus Christ. But, it is our responsibility to daily put on the spiritual armor in prayer. This first line of defense enables us to stand unmovable in the faith as we expose Satan’s deceptive strategies.
This week read Ephesians 6:11-18 for the complete instructions on how to dress for spiritual battle. Then, before heading out the door today, look in the mirror and ask yourself “Am I dressed for spiritual success?”