The alarm sounds at 5 am. You roll out of bed, stumble to the bathroom and proceed to prepare for the day. After spending ten minutes deciding what you’ll wear, you make breakfast, grab your briefcase, and head out. You’ve noticed, however, that people begin to stare at you with a puzzled look and some even murmur something to others around them. Confused about this phenomenon, you walk into the bathroom, hoping that you forgot to wipe the breakfast off of your face when you finally catch sight of what they’ve been seeing…you left your house completely naked. In fact, you’ve overlooked one of the most fundamental routines that should have been worked into your schedule-reading The Word. Clothing is never an option for us and, in the same way, we are called to hold Bible-reading to the same standard. Therefore, the moment we forget to clothe ourselves with the character of God is the same moment we aren’t properly equipped to face the spiritual challenges that lie ahead.
Equipping is required daily
Through it God is revealed to us on a deeper level
Don’t start your day naked
I’ve discussed this same subject one evening with Breanna, my girlfriend. She comes from an incredibly God-centered family and one routine she had learned as a child was the daily putting-on of the armor of God:
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:13)”
It’s important to draw our attention to that very last commandment for the armor: the sword of the spirit which is the Word of God. The sword has one main use: as an offensive weapon. We live in a spiritual war-and we NEED to realize that being offensive with our spiritual life will directly affect our physical life-not the other way around. Scripture is our weapon against worldly passions and ungodliness that can so easily, and casually, creep its way in.
This, like many routine practices, comes with some precautions. We need to make sure that our reading is genuine and we enter into God’s Word with an expectation.
But I don’t know what to read.
This statement, while others may call it an excuse, is a not an uncommon phrase. In fact, reading the Bible is not an easy venture without proper guidance. Reading it from cover to cover will allow to read the entire Bible, but “studying” is a bit different-and it’s through this where our equipping truly comes from. One item that I would recommend would be to buy a Life Application or Study Bible. This gives commentary, historical/culture background, and applications to our lives through each phrase of verse.
While we think that are prepared for our day, we need to ask ourselves “are we truly ready?” Sure, you’re clothed on the outside, but spiritual clothing is necessary for the spiritual battles that lie ahead. Look for resources that help you accomplish this (I’ve attached some below) and remember to never leave naked!
Here are some more resources for studying scripture and embarking on your daily journey to sanctification!