Do the words, armor of God, sound scary to you?
They shouldn’t. They should sound incredibly reassuring. They should be the words that bring you comfort anytime this mean ol’ world dumps on your head. In fact, I’d like to share 3 reasons why the armor of God should be your insurance plan.
Did you know that when you buy car insurance the price you pay is determined by your driving record? OK. That’s not hard to figure. But did you know the price you pay is also determined by the insurance company’s evaluation on how likely it is you’ll actually file a claim. Yep. They’re betting you won’t. And they win the bet more times than not. If that wasn’t true, they’d go belly up. So, you’re buying insurance just in case you ever need it…hoping you won’t. And they’re selling it to you because they’re estimating you won’t need them…and hoping you won’t. What a great system…right?
And that’s all about cars and earthly transportation. Yeesh.
How much more important is your life? And then…how much more important is your potential eternal life? Even if you don’t believe in the God of the Bible, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, humor me for a minute and pretend they do exist. And let’s say that God has always existed and He actually DID create the earth, the solar system, the galaxy, the universe, and all life. He’d have to be pretty powerful to do that. Wouldn’t you agree? I mean as long as you’re pretending He exists, don’t you agree He’d have to be more powerful than everything else put together? After all it’s the old “cause and effect” law. No effect is greater than its cause. Remember?
I can just hear you asking, “What does all this have to do with insurance?” Well, it’s like this…a guy named Paul wrote about the “whole armor of God” in a letter to a group of people in Ephesus, an ancient city in Greece on the coast of Ionia. He used metaphors and descriptive adjectives to describe each piece of the armor. And He wanted the readers of his letter to know how important the the whole armor was…not merely the separate pieces. If you’re a Christian, you should be able to visualize Jesus in each part. Here’s the list from the top of the head to the feet…
- The helmet of salvation –
- The breastplate of righteousness –
- The girding of the waist with truth –
- The shoes are the preparation of the gospel of peace –
First, the helmet of salvation. What does the helmet cover? Your head. You can KNOW you are saved. You don’t have to wonder or guess. Next, the breastplate of righteousness. The breastplate covers the heart. And when you let Jesus into your heart, He imparts His righteousness to you. Then, there’s the girding of the waist with truth. You’ve probably heard your waist described as your “core” amongst fitness enthusiasts. So, at your core you need to have…and to know…truth. Jesus said He IS the Truth. So keep Him in your core being. Finally, you cover your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. In other words, you can stand on the peace that surpasses all understanding…and you’re prepared to take it with you and talk about it wherever anyone is willing to listen.
Now, if you have all the working for you, the assurance of eternal life is yours. That means Jesus holds your insurance policy. And here are the 3 reasons you should consider the whole armor of God to be your insurance plan:
- The policy has no term limits
- The provision is life and love from God
- The premium is already paid in full
So…what’s your preference? The armor of God? Or that t-shirt with the name of your favorite beer on it?