Are We Out of Uniform?

by Terri Gillespie

Put on the full armor of God, so that you are able to stand against the schemes of the devil.  Ephesians 6:11 TLV

My husband was in the Navy. During boot camp, he was taught basic life skills, but they also did a lot of marching, practiced certain fire prevention, and did damage control drills. They also learned to move as a unit. Bob would tell you it was boring, sometimes brutal and frightening, and always leaned toward repetition.

Many times, he questioned the logic: learning how to properly salute and to step aside when an officer went by. But once he finished boot camp and schooling, he discovered that his responses to difficulties were easier because he had been trained—what to do had been drilled into him. They became second nature.

A part of that training was his uniform. From head to toe, every component of his uniform had function. Each day the sailors and officers received orders from the captain what the uniform of the day was. Any part of that uniform that was missing – even the belt around his pants or the wrong shoes – meant he was out of uniform.

We can get caught “out of uniform” when spiritual battles happen. Do we rush into battle so quickly we forget to wear the complete armor hanging in our spiritual closet by the spiritual front door? Perhaps we grab the sword or shield but forget the helmet or breastplate. Without the complete uniform, we’ll be ill-equipped for the battle no matter how large or small we might think it will be.

Without the full accoutrements, we are “out of uniform.”

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. (Ephesians 6:10 TLV)

Perhaps we need a “spiritual” boot camp to be battle-ready. Like Bob, even if he was headed to the ship’s mess hall for a meal, he wore the full uniform. And because of that and his training, he was always ready for “battle.”

Our “spiritual” boot camp can be practiced each day.

He was accountable to keep his uniform clean and pressed — which was difficult with the type of work Bob did. But, it kept him purposeful in how he dressed for each day and how he cared for his uniform.

Each piece of GOD’s armor serves a purpose. Like the sailor or soldier, one piece missing means they are out of uniform, and in battle that part of their uniform could save their life. We must also be purposeful in maintaining our spiritual uniform.

Our battles can be spiritual and physical. Illness, wars, abuse. Whether spiritual or physical, being in uniform protects us and those we fight alongside.

By the way, thank you to all our military and first-responders. We are grateful for your service and that you wear the uniform of honor.

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Award-winning author and speaker, Terri Gillespie writes stories of faith and redemption to nurture souls. Her novels, devotionals, messages, and blogs have drawn readers to hunger for a deeper relationship with their Heavenly Father, because of His Son Jesus. Her newest novel, Sweet Rivalry, released in October.

Sweet Rivalry, the story of twins separated by a troubled mother. One twin is lovingly raised by her grandmother who owns a small-town bakery. The other sister is raised by an addict mother. They discover one another through a televised baking competition. But will rivalry break them apart again?

Join the conversation: How do you maintain your armor?


6 thoughts on “Are We Out of Uniform?

  1. We appreciate your husband’s service to our country. Thanks for the reminder about our spiritual battles and the need to ready with God’s armor to fight with thoughts of His power and our readiness to cooperate. Thanks Terri!!

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  2. Thank you Terri, for you, your family, and your husband’s service for our country. I loved your connection between the armor of God and Bob’s uniform. Thank you.

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