Christian brothers and sisters ought to work together to endure the challenges of these times. As we remember that we belong to the light, we can classify the deeds of the darkness unashamedly as sin. In our relationships, we find accountability in pursuing the things that honor Christ while rejecting the sins that put him on the cross.
4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in the dark, for this day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children of light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or the darkness. 6 So then, let us not sleep, like the rest, but let us stay awake and be self-controlled. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled and put on the armor of faith and love, and a helmet of the hope of salvation.1 Thessalonians 5:4-8
The Apostle Paul encourages us to take up certain armor pieces to survive such battles. While his section in Ephesians 6 is more extensive, he provides two critical components necessary for every soldier. In self-control, we cover ourselves with “the armor of faith and love, and a helmet of the hope of salvation” (1 Thess. 5:8).
While each of us would like to be wholly covered, Paul prioritizes the protection of the heart and the head. As these two vital organs are necessary for physical life, what they represent in this verse is critical for your spiritual one. The armor covers the heart. For the disciple, the heart is the residence of faith and love. Faith in Christ is essential for the spiritual heart to believe. As the source of our motivation, it provides the love we need to live for Christ in an attitude of get-to rather than have-to.
The helmet covers the head. Since our mind comprehends the truth of God’s Word, we read the gospel and believe in the hope of salvation it promises. We know that whatever our mind focuses on will define much of our lives, which is why we must continually work to renew our minds (Rom. 12:2).
Paul was urging these believers a word that we need to remember – don’t walk through the battlefield of this life without protecting your heart and your head.
Your affections and your thoughts affect you significantly. Protect them from outside dangers trying to take you out. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your mind (Matt. 22:37).