I overheard this conversation snippet in a coffee shop the other day…
Barista: “Hey there! How’s married life?”
Customer: “Great! Of course, it’s only been a month, but it’s great!”
What a wonderful world it would be if every married person always responded, “It’s great!” While this is possible, preventing the first-blush of a relationship from burning out requires intentional action from those who want to keep that fire stoked.
How can we keep our “first-blush” love for God on fire? This week we continue our quest to be well protected by the armor of God as we take the intentional action step of properly wearing our “helmet of salvation” (Ephesians 6:17).
In the era Paul wrote Ephesians 6:17, logistically “A helmet was vital for survival, protecting the brain, the command station for the rest of the body. If the head was badly damaged, the rest of the armor would be of little use.” Spiritually, we “take the helmet of salvation” and wear it properly so that the “assurance of salvation is our impenetrable defense against anything the enemy throws at us.”
The helmet symbolizes us being mindful that God has given His salvation to us. As I prayed about writing this week, God prompted me to reflect on this question: What do our helmets currently look like?
BEAUTIFUL IN BATTLE
Do you remember…
- being excited at the new life you found in Christ when you first put your faith in Him?
- having moments when you were amazed that God loved you—enough to die for you?
- having incredible encounters when you felt God’s presence?
In those types of moments, our helmet of salvation might look something like this…
…shiny, solid, attractive and fully capable of protection. During times when it’s easy to connect with the first-blush gratitude we have for our salvation, we project wearing this type of helmet through all of life’s battles. Whether we “received” this helmet recently or if we’ve worn it for years, its shine comes from our perspective of how amazing it is.
- Action step: Show off that attractive helmet! Reach out to others who appear to be hurting and unprotected.
BATTERED FROM THE BATTLE
At times, we may forget the power the helmet of salvation has to protect our minds due to the combat in our lives. We try to figure out messes with our way of handling things before we even think to talk to the Helmet Giver. In those seasons, perhaps our helmets take on more of this look…
…still solid and capable of protecting us, but a bit tarnished and not nearly as attractive. Do others see our helmets of salvation—our testimony of God’s amazing grace to us—through the filter of a Christian ungrateful for his/her armor? Remember, preventing the first-blush of a relationship from burning out requires intentional action from those who want to stoke that fire.
- Action step: When life is hard, polish that helmet with prayers of gratitude simply for your salvation. With joy you will draw from the well of your salvation. Isaiah 12:3
BASHFUL IN BATTLE
Yet another thought occurred to me this week. Do people see our helmets at all? Are we so concerned that people might think we’re a “Jesus Freak” that we keep our helmets in a place that is off limits? Maybe those helmets look something like this…
…stand-offish, secret, only touchable on special occasions. We’re told to “put on salvation as a helmet” (Ephesians 6:17/NLT). If no one outside of church knows we’re a Christian, it’s going to be difficult to feel God’s protective power as we engage in the battles of life.
- Action step: Unlock that vault! Pray and ask God for boldness to live your salvation out where others can see. Like the disciples Peter and John, make this your life verse: We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:20
BE REAL IN THE BATTLE
Wearing a fake helmet will allow attacks to undermine our assurance that God is with us. There are too many people who like to pour what I call “Jesus Juice” on a helmet that is not properly fitted. It looks sort of like this…
…a cover up job. The “I’m doing great” response when inside we’re falling apart or we’re simply not on fire for God. Don’t settle for a lukewarm relationship.
- Action step: Get real. Ask God to send you His comfort and assurance that He is with You. Ask another Christian to journey with you as you reconnect to your first-blush relationship with God. Never be lacking in zeal, but always keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Romans 12:11
Keeping your relationship with God strong. Remember: Preventing the first-blush of a relationship from burning out requires intentional action from those who want to keep that fire stoked.
Look in the spiritual mirror: How’s your helmet?
1 GotQuestions.org. “GotQuestions.org.” GotQuestions.org. Got Question Ministries, 04 Jan. 2017. Web. 07 Apr. 2017. <https://www.gotquestions.org/helmet-of-salvation.html>.