Summary: It is easy to skip over God’s instruction trusting in past encounters with God. However, the Lord wants us to daily be prepared so that we can stand against the devil and his cunning.
An Astronaut is ready for the first time to walk in space. He has spent countless hours in simulations. He has already taken off from earth and is now in outer space. He has his space suit on and so he is protected from head to toe against the deathly cold of space. This astronaut seems to be as prepared as he can be, however he does not believe he must use all the tools of protection at his disposal. He feels he can skip a few steps along the way and still come out on top. Therefore as he steps out into space he begins to float away because he did not attach his life line.
Come on pastor, nobody is that careless. If someone’s life is on the line and they have a list of steps they must follow in order to remain safe, you can bet that nobody would skip a step or two and still be in their right mind. Oh sure we have skipped a step or two when putting together an “easy-to-assemble” product and yet we often still manage to come out on top. Yes we can put a puzzle together with a few pieces misses and still end up with a picture we can identify but nobody and I mean nobody in their right mind would risk a life just to avoid a step or two along the way!
That sounds like a rational argument, but I do not believe God would agree. He has seen first hand how his people; his own creation, have skipped His only plan of salvation, simply so they can do their own thing. There are people risking eternal life by rejecting Jesus. Even Christians have fallen into this trap. Jesus says, ‘If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers…” (John 15:6) Yet there are individuals who are willing to see their eternal life saving faith wither by staying out of church and away from God’s Word. In fact we have all followed our own list of do’s and don’ts; right’s and wrong’s over and above God’s own Word because our foolish way of thinking often seeks to cast’s aside God’s wisdom. It is our sin that produces pride within us, enough to trust in what we once heard from God instead of what God wants to share with us today. This is all the more reason why our Lord speaks to us through St. Paul and warns us to put on the full armor of God. He wants to make it quite clear that we Christians are in for one heavy battle; a battle so intense that if we skip just one step we will not be able stand against the enemy much less hold onto victory.
This warning can be found in Ephesians 6:10-18. The book of Ephesians has much to say on what God wants us to do in response to owning Faith in Christ Jesus. St. Paul directs us to seek Wisdom in Christ, to realize that we have been made alive in Jesus whereby we were once dead in our trespasses. St. Paul encourages us to remember how Jesus took us into His own family and that we should remember where we came from and continually give thanks for where we are heading. We are called to live as children of light now that our understanding is no longer darkened thanks to God’s living Word and we are exhorted to be imitators of God in all that we do and say, think and feel. Now, in the last chapter of Ephesians, Paul says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” This is God’s final admonition to us that we keep on seeking to be strengthened not by our own power or efforts but solely upon the BRUTE FORCE POWER of Almighty God.