Be strong IN THE LORD
Putting on the armor of God. I’ve talked about this before on my blog. I’ve written extensively on each piece and what it means. This week, while discussing it with friends, I had a couple of ah-ha moments.
Paul is writing to the church in Ephesus to teach and encourage. They didn’t have television, radio, blogs, webcasts, videos. All they had was each other. The Bible had not been compiled yet, it was still a work in progress. The followers of Christ had stories that were passed on by word of mouth, individual accounts of the miracles and stories of Jesus The letters that Paul sent to the different churches were very important. The letters encouraged, instructed, and reminded the believers.
Paul encourages the believers at Ephesus to be strong IN THE LORD. Not to be strong in their leaders, or to be strong on their own. But to be strong IN THE LORD. We increase our strength in something by working on it. By learning it. By studying it. Body builders do not develop those muscles overnight. We have to strengthen our spiritual muscles by studying God’s word. By Prayer. By surrounding ourselves with others who are being strong IN THE LORD.
Satan is cunning and will attempt to distract us with other things in the world to “strengthen” us. It might be money, prestige, success, fame, beauty or more sinister things like alcohol, drugs, or sex. For me my desire for approval from man was so strong that it was my greatest weakness. Artificial strength is no strength at all. What do we sacrifice when we trade being strong IN THE LORD with being strong in the world?
Ask someone on their deathbed what is important? Money, looks, or things.
What is important?
Family, friends, faith, a cause that made a difference.
Being strong IN THE LORD will give you the strength and the desire to impact the world instead of having the world impact you.
10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. (Ephesians 6:10)