“Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything to stand firm.  Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  And the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:13-17).

Certain vocations require a certain type of clothing.  For instance, firemen wear a helmet to protect their head from falling debris, a large coat lined with nomex or some other flame resistant material.  A hospital physician will wear a full-length laboratory coat not only that they might be readily identified but, from a functional standpoint, it offers the pockets necessary to carry the various instruments needed to perform a basic examination.  These specific dress requirements are supplied by their employers.

The call of Christ upon our lives is a vocation call requiring a certain type of clothing–the full of armor of God.  While the One who employs us in his purposes supplies it, we must put it on.  And, yet, this putting on of the full armor of God is not a mechanical action, but it is a metaphor for our dependence upon God and the life of prayer.

Forget the designer labels.  Dressing up is praying up.

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