Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
(Ephesians 6:11, ESV)
Football is a violent sport. Todays players and fans are well aware of the issues related to protective gear for players. Helmets are continually being redeveloped in an attempt to curb concussions and brain damage. Receivers who have avoided wearing thigh and knee pads have been asked to put to them on. Since receivers run farther than other players, they like the unencumbered feel without the pads. But injuries have necessitated that pads be worn.
The only exception to some of these rules has been for the kickers. Since they don’t typically engage in any contact, they often shed the pads. Kickers have smaller face masks, shoulder pads and wear no leg pads. They certainly don’t wear any rib pads.
But don’t think of lining that under padded kicker against a blitzing linebacker. That would not end well for the kicker.
The same can be said for the Christian who tries to wear some of the armor of God. Paul told the Ephesian Christians to put on the whole armor of God. The pieces all go together. They are a set.
We can focus on individual pieces to better understand them and their functions, but we should never attempt to use only individual pieces.
1. The Belt of Truth
2. The Breastplate of Righteousness
3. Shoes of Readiness
4. The Shield of Faith
5. The Helmet of Salvation
6. The Sword of the Spirit
Put on each piece and wear it as a set. You will then find yourself standing strong in the Lord. You will be able to defend against and defeat our evil foe.