My husband, Ken, drives for a charter bus company. Sometimes his assignments could be for just a few hours in our local vicinity. Or he could drive hundreds of miles and be gone for a few days to a week at a time. But before he ever drives out of the bus yard, regardless of how short or how long his drive will be, he checks the bus equipment. I’ve watched him go through the checklist. Before he even gets to the bus lot he looks up destination details and plans his route carefully. Once he arrives he cranks up the bus to let the engine warm up. He walks all around the bus, checking the tires, the lights, brakes, turn signals, windshield wipers, the fuel gauge and so on. It’s all part of preparing for the journey.
Every day you and I are on a journey. How do we prepare for it? Some days we may stay close to home. And some days we may cover a lot of territory, encounter a lot of people, a lot of ‘opportunities’ to be the hands and feet of Jesus. How often do we check our ‘equipment’ to be sure we are in good working order? Getting the right amount of rest and eating the right kinds of foods is vital to our energy level and brain power; but, what about our spiritual preparation? Do we make time every day to chew on some part of God’s Word? Are we having a conversation with God each day? Are we keeping track of where He is leading us, how we are growing, where we might need some reinforcements? Are we wearing our armor?
Oh yes! We get armor!…and we’ve got to put it on every day! That’s why Ephesians 6:11 says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” The belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes for the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.
So check your equipment and then remember verse 13 that directs us, after taking up the whole armor of God…”and having done all, to stand firm.” Ready for the journey!