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.
* Lord God, You are the God who saves – Please open our eyes and ears to who You are today as we read Your word.
“So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.”
Throw off, cast off, remove the clothes that are “works of darkness”, and instead clothe ourselves in the God’s armory.
“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 ch 6 (Belt of Truth, Breastplate of Righteousness, Shoes shod with readiness of the Gospel, Shield of Faith, Helmet of Salvation, Sword of the Spirit), but it is built up and layered over and over throughout all of God’s word.
When we put on these things, we put on the Lord Jesus.
We put Him on when we are at home, whether on our own or with the families He has given us.
We put Him on when we are away from home, at work or school or church or the shops, visiting friends and family.
We put Him on, and the world sees who we are wearing – It is armor for a reason.
Let us be encouraged 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 bear Your Name well, with honor.
Please help us to promote You and Your word, to uphold Your law of love, to teach people of You and Your grace and mercy to us.
We love You Lord God – Thank You for saving us!