Sermon Text to meditate on this week is Ephesians 6:10
Some may know what I am talking about when I mention a show called The World’s Strongest Man Competition. For those of you who have never seen or heard of it, here’s what the show is about. The show has about 8 contestants who compete in several strength events. Each of the events features a certain group of muscles. The other component of each event is the apparatus that uniquely provides the weight the competitor must lift, move, or throw. Some examples of the different competitions are pulling a bus 50 yards with a slight grade to the ground and throwing weighted beer kegs over a bar of different heights. The feats of strength that are displayed during these events seem to be unbelievable.
Although some of the strength that these men have comes naturally, most of their strength comes as result of adding something to their natural state of strength. Like these men of extraordinary physical strength, I want to have extraordinary strength in my spiritual life. How can I have
Paul gives a great explanation of how a Christ follower can have extraordinary strength every day. In Ephesians 6:10, he tells us, “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” Each piece of armor Paul describes comes from God and through the person and work of Jesus. Securing myself with the belt of truth, protecting my core with the breastplate of righteousness, holding my ground with the shoes of gospel of peace, protecting other areas with the shield of faith, having the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit all comes through the person and work of Jesus Christ and is applied by the indwelling Holy Spirit. As I put on the whole armor of God I am abiding in Christ. Abiding in Christ is how to have extraordinary strength, every day!