Like any good athlete, the Christian cannot expect to step out on the field of battle without the protection of headgear!
Have you ever recorded a football game or the big finale to a television show that you love, and then tried to get through the day without anyone giving away the ending before you can watch it? The instant someone starts talking about it, you might cover your ears with both hands and shout over them. “La-la-la-la-la.”
In a similar way, God’s helmet of salvation acts as a protector of our minds, a grace-infused barrier to outside voices – voices of the enemy that tell us we aren’t good enough, strong enough, redeemed enough.
The helmet is an integral part of any athlete’s armor. The quarterback is never going out on that field without it; a skateboarder or cyclist protects against skull fractures in case of unforeseen circumstances.
When Paul wrote to the Ephesians about putting on their spiritual armor, the helmet was a familiar concept for them; something they could easily understand. The helmets worn in those times protected the head, face, and neck without obstructing the view of the battle.
Placing that helmet over our spiritual heads is an action of reaching out for the pool of grace and drenching our minds with its cool and healing balm so that the reality of our salvation in Christ is once again renewed and protected.
In simple terms, salvation is all-encompassing. It is our past (before we committed our lives to Jesus Christ), our present (our current walk with Him), and our future (when we meet Him, face-to-face).
So putting on the helmet of salvation doesn’t mean that we are blindly transported away from the battlefield; instead, the helmet protects our most treasured gift without our losing sight of the battle that rages on.
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Sandra D. Bricker is a best-selling and award-winning author of laugh-out-loud romantic comedy for the Christian market. Her most recent book, Always the Designer Never the Bride, is the third of a series of four novels in the Another Emma Rae Creation series from Abingdon Press Fiction. Check out her BLOG and sign up to receive her weekly posts by e-mail.