” … be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God …” Eph. 6: 10-11
The Bible was written when people were surrounded with things most of us don’t see or use. So today, I’m “translating” a familiar passage it to more familiar imagery: not “armor” but “robot.”
The passage urges us to rely on God’s power, greater than our own. When an operator “puts on” a robot, he or she gains the power to accomplish things no human can manage. The red robot in the photo is undoing the evil work of an earthquake in Japan with more power than a person alone could. Robotically equipped, this person can lift half-ton chunks of a fallen building in a single attempt. This is like what happens when we put on God’s power. We have more strength for the challenges we face.
The Transformers are familiar robots from the movies and toy aisle. Transformers look like perfectly ordinary cars, trucks and motorbikes until it’s time to enter battle. Then their awesome powers are revealed. That’s a lot like how it is for us. We go through life quietly, but we can become an awesome fighting machine for God at any moment.
When God describes the equipment he provides for robotic fighting armor, most of it is simply designed to keep us safe in dangerous circumstances. God tells us to “stand firm,” using the protection of:
- Faith — trust in God
- Salvation, the knowledge that God has rescued us from all darkness, including the darkness we ourselves were once willing to harbor, which protects our head (mind) from attack
Two parts are compared to active, transforming elements:
- Shoes made from the readiness to move forward, which the Bible says we have because of the good news of peace that we bring
- God’s own word, which is compared to a cutting edge
This particular passage focuses on our ability to stand firm and hold our ground when relying on God’s strength. Other passages emphasize God’s movement forward against darkness (“I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matt. 16:18) Whether the task today is to withstand a threat or to advance against darkness, it is glorious to be able to rely on God’s mighty power. Put on the robot of God today!
PS: For robotics fans, here are a few recent videos of cool technology.
- LuBotics search and surveillance robot prototype
- The MegaBots giant fighting robot
- Japan’s response to the MegaBot giant fighting robot challenge
[Below I’ve just done a quick grammatical breakout of the passage from Eph. 6. I love how the language itself helps to clarify God’s meaning and focus!]
” … be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Put on the full armor of God,
so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
but against the rulers,
against the authorities,
against the powers of this dark world and
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
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.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
With this in mind,
be alert and
always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” (Eph. 6:10-19)