Sunday, July 26, 2009

See Life Through Different Lenses

Last week, I picked up my new pair of glasses. Honestly, I was pretty excited to get these new spectacles because they are very different from past pairs - quite a bit more bold than normal. The reaction people had to the glasses was pretty humorous, but the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. One of my friends commented, "Wear those suckers proud!"

Glasses are kind of important. Without them, people like me really can't see what is going on around them. They help our eyes to focus and turn the blurs into clear images.

God offers us a lot of other gear that we can wear. Paul shares some of this gear in the book of Ephesians (see bold below). It occurred to me today that God's gear also acts similarly to a pair of glasses. God's gear provides a different set of lenses through which to the view the world. It turns the blurs into beautiful painting. It turns fears into confidence. It vanquishes evil and lifts up the destitute.

Unfortunately, why does it seem easier to wear a new pair of glasses proud than the gear of God?

Ephesians 13-18: Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You'll need them throughout your life. God's Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

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