13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:13-18 NIV)
Every good team is full of fight. They’ve got a game plan. They are well conditioned. They know their assignments. All of these are important components for any good team, but there is an intangible that makes a good team a championship team and it is fight. A championship team just never gives up.
We, as the Body of Christ, have been given a game plan. We are called to love the Lord with all of our hearts, trust in the Lord and never lean upon our own understanding, and serve the Lord and others with passion and sincerity. We are to “train” with an intensity that would shame any world-class athlete. Paul wrote,
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NIV)
We, as the Body of Christ know our assignments. We know, from studying God’s Word, what He has called us to do. All of these are vitally important, but like a championship team, we are also called to fight with determination and wisdom. Paul makes it clear that we don’t fight like the world fights. He wrote, 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:4 NIV)
In Ephesians, Paul makes it very clear how we are to fight. We are to suit up in the full armor of God. We are to wear the “belt of truth,” the “breastplate of righteousness,” our feet are to be “fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace,” we are to “take up the shield of faith,” wear “the helmet of salvation,” wield the “sword of the Spirit,” and “pray in the Spirit on all occasions.” These comprise the weapons of battle for every follower of Jesus. Now, suit up and get in the game.
My prayer today, Lord, is that I will never go into the battle of life unprepared. Teach me to utilize the weapons of warfare You have provided for me to be victorious.