Despite allegations that I have been very quiet this year, I would remind you that I did in fact have a lot to say during Lent. Just not here. That’s because it was on my other blog. FISH for Lent is where I try to post a daily thought for the whole period from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday.
This year I chose the theme of The Armour of GOD.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6)
I found the experience of preparing each day’s ruminations so valuable in terms of my own learning and growth, that I decided to do the series in my Cell-Group. So for the last two months we worked our way through each item of the armour.
We asked ourselves (and GOD):
1.Why was that characteristic or item important?
2.Why was it compared to that item of armour?
3.How do we put on that item and use it to defend ourselves?
It was actually quite a valuable series, and there was a lot of discussion around each week’s lesson. I think sometimes we gloss over this passage in Ephesians, and don’t focus on what it really meant to Christians of the day, and still to us today.
It went so well, that I am actually considering turning the lessons and daily devotionals from the blog into a booklet, and seeing who else is interested in doing the course.
What about you? Do you ever think about the Armour of God?
Do you find it useful? Or is it just a pretty metaphor?