024102 Finding God in the mysteries of every day-Free Devotional
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Ephesians 6: 17 Take the helmet of salvation
There is something about headgear that carries far more weight than it deserves within the various cultures of people. A base ball hat, a cowboy hat, any number of different styles, each more outlandish than the last. For some reason, which I do not understand, the type of hat a person is wearing at any given point in time speaks to what the person thinks about themselves. Far from being the simply practical head covering based upon lifestyle and geography hats and helmets have been since time immemorial a way of conveying something about the person who was wearing them. The helmet pictured above was typical of the common Roman soldier in Jesus’ and Paul’s time. Officer’ s helmets were adorned with cockaded feathers horse hair brushes and any manner of decorations signifying rank and importance.
For the Christian the “helmet of salvation” metaphorically issued by a tacit agreement between Jesus and his disciples signifies not only salvation, but mission, value through his worthiness, and the idea of what can be expected of his disciples. Sadly, so many of us have disappointed Him along the way, either by pride or negligence of the gift we have received. We must all strive to do better, to wear this headgear as is befitting out risen Lord.