Jun 12th, 2017
This is part one of a three part series, we will be in Ephesians 6:11 this week, next week, and the week after.
The term here, "Put on" is the word:
G1746 ἐνδύω enduō en-doo'-o From G1722 and G1416 (in the senese of sinking into a garment); to invest with clothing (literally or figuratively): - array, clothe (with), endue, have (put) on.
It's dressing up to send a message.
There are four reasons to dress up, right?
Number 1 is to lie;
You're eating Ramen for every meal, living in a tiny apartment or home, meanwhile you're leasing a Bentley and have a couple of two thousand dollar outfits that you use to make it look like your wealthy and have it all together, but you don't. You're lying.
Number 2 is by requirement.
Some authority is requiring you to dress up. It's very similar to number one, but instead of you lying, its that your authority wants to send a message to the world around you and your being forced to dress up.
Number 3 is to feel good.
You have low self esteem or you're stepping into an event that you're nervous or un-confident about and you're dressing up to boost your moral, to feel good.
Number 4 is to bring honor.
You respect the work you're doing, or you respect the people your going to be seeing or serving; the people your're going to be around.
In Matthew thirteen, Jesus talks about something similar in the parable of the sowing of the seed, "3 He told them many things in [a]parables, saying, “Listen carefully: a sower went out to sow [seed in his field]; 4 and as he sowed, some seed fell beside the road [between the fields], and the birds came and ate it. 5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil; and at once they sprang up because they had no depth of soil.6 But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, and thorns came up and choked them out. 8 Other seed fell on good soil and yielded grain, some a hundred times as much [as was sown], some sixty [times as much], and some thirty." That's one translation of what Jesus said, another translation says, "a hundred fold," "sixty fold," "thirty fold." The word fold fits the original language in my opinion better, but that's not the focus of our message this week.
Were going to talk more about the armor of God over the coming weeks, but it's important for you to understand this foundational idea. What is your motivation behind your "investment of clothing?" Why are you doing it? Why are you putting on the armor of God?
-Are you in that dangerous place where your like the ground on the side of the road and you're putting on the armor as a lie to hide who you really are? In this position you're isolating yourself from the very people who could help you get out of the funk that you are in. The very people who could help you turn around the things that you think you need to be lying about. It's a really bad place to be in. Are you there, are you in that position?
-Are you like the rocky ground and your only putting on the armor because you are being required by some authority to do so? Have you found yourself working for some ministry or volunteering at your church or somewhere else and your pretending to be putting on the armor of God as a requirement to be working where your working. And, you're afraid that if they see the real you, if they see that you're only putting that on for their sakes that it's all going to come crashing down? Do you have that sense that you go to work, or you go to serve and you've got on this armor while you're doing that and then the moment you leave their presence depression kicks in. You feel lonely, alone, lost. Are you in that place? Are you in that rocky ground?
-Are you like the ground riddled with thorns and your hoping the armor will boost your self-esteem? Are you listening to teachings by renowned spiritual teachers and going to church; doing all the things that you think you're supposed to be doing, but really deep down inside you're full of depression and hating yourself. You're putting on the armor because you are hoping that these things you're doing are going to turn things around?
-Or are you like the good soil and your motivations behind putting on the armor of God are to bring honor to God. Are you doing it to bring honor to those around you, and to bring honor to the calling that God has put on your life?
Only you can decide what camp you fall into, and only you can decide today to be that good soil, to put on the armor of God in honor. Consider this, what kind of ground are you? What camp do you fall into?
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Until next time...