Give everyone what you owe him. This is a command that we all fall far short in, yet believe against the evidence that we hit it. Think about those four terms – taxes, revenue, respect, honour. Think about them in regard to people with whom you disagree in positions of authority in the family, church, and society.
“So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.”
“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.”
To put on the armor of light is to put on the Lord Jesus.
The armor of God is summarised for us in Ephesians 6 (Belt of Truth, Breastplate of Righteousness, Shoes shod with the readiness of the Gospel, Shield of Faith, Helmet of Salvation, Sword of the Spirit – The word of God), but it is built up and layered over and over throughout all of the bible.
When we put on these things, we put on the Lord Jesus.
We put Him on to go out into the world.
We put Him on when we walk in the door in the evening, or after shopping or school or coming home from sport.
We put Him on when we are getting ready on a Sunday morning for church, or driving there, or driving home, or preparing for the work week.
Let’s be encouraged and exhorted to make sure we are putting on our Lord, the armor of light, at all points in our lives.
* Father God,
Please help us to remember that we represent You on this earth.
Please help us to hallow (bear well) Your Name.
Please help us to promote You and Your Word, to uphold Your laws and teach people of Your steadfast love and faithfulness.
We love You Lord God, thank You for Jesus!