You are likely familiar with the spiritual armor identified in Ephesians 6. If we leave out the armory and get down to the essence, we have truth, righteousness, peace, faith, God’s Word and salvation. All good!!
This armor is not intended to be put on and paraded in a fashion show. It is intended for using in action. And I noticed today a word in the mix that is often overlooked: readiness. (In the NIV translation, the subject noun in verse 15 is ‘readiness’; ‘the gospel of peace’ is a modifier). God expects us to be ready to move – ready to obey – ready to ‘fight the good fight’ – on a daily basis.
The opposite of readiness could be reluctance. We see what needs to be done, but procrastinate and delay. We hear God’s instructions, but are still waiting for more clarity or for the perfect timing. Sometimes that is valid – but sometimes it is just our own un-readiness taking the upper hand.
We probably have all had experience with people who sound good and look good, but are very hard to move. That is not readiness.
I want to BE READY for whatever God asks of me this year! Ready? Set? Let’s GO!