“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (Ephesians 6:10-18)
A few years ago I had the opportunity to bring eight of my daughter’s friends to the Lord over a period of nine weeks with the help of a local outreach called “40 Days Ablaze”. The kids were impacted by the upbeat music and the passionate preaching of the young evangelists. Thank God for church outreach programs.
Most of these young people came from families where God’s word was not taught or respected so I ended up discipling [teaching] some of these young ones. Unfortunately, some came under attack immediately from their families and could not continue.
I was trying to get the word into them for protection so I showed them about their spiritual armour. (Ephesians 6:10-18)
We made pretend games where we would try to figure out what each piece was for. I remember some of the comments I got. The parallels to real life were ironic.
The funniest one was the belt of truth to keep your pants from falling down and embarrassing you.
They all wanted large shields until I told them that it would depend on how much they read and applied their Bible verses (I based this on “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God” from Romans 10:17). Then they didn’t want shields at all.
They didn’t understand about the breastplate of righteousness until I pantomined a sword going through their chest. Then they got it in a big way! They were quite happy to recieve Jesus’s gift then!
They couldn’t figure out why shoes were included until I suggested they go walk a few miles, barefoot, on the hot asphalt, never mind the winter ice. Then the lights dawned and they realized they wouldn’t get too far without their physical shoes. I got some puzzled looks when I told them that it would be the same in their Christian walk if they didn’t wear their spiritual shoes ‘ready to share the gospel of peace’.
Anyhow, we got through it. I have some fantastic memories from those young people. It’s hard to say who learned the most, them or me.
I was reminded of these memories a couple of days ago when I was teaching my younger children to put on their spiritual armour. This time it seemed easier to get them to put their spiritual armour on as they get dressed every morning. So we pantomined that for a while. When my eldest came by and figured out what we were doing she piped up, “Hey! You never taught us that one!”