Triathlons and the Whole Armour of God

If anyone knows our family, then you know we like sports. I like to think my children get the athletic genes from me, but I know they clearly take after their father. Sports just come natural to them and they all seem to have a little bit of a competitive spirit. My younger two children have enjoyed racing in triathlons. This is a very interesting and tough sport because you compete different distances in swimming, biking and running. So basically you need to be pretty good at three sports, know how to transition from one to the next, know about swim technique, how to handle and draft in a bike pack and understand how to save some endurance for the final leg- the run.

Now in order to do all of this, a triathlete must also have equipment. Just to give you a snapshot you need a bag of various swim equipment to practice different techniques, a bike, a helmet, bike shoes, biking clothes, running shoes, running gear, a good training watch, a wetsuit, a coach and lots of energy. You might be wondering where this analogy is going, but stay with me...

In our staff meeting this week we looked at the familiar passage of Ephesians 6:10-20, “The Whole Armour of God.” As my son was collecting all his equipment for practice…the shoes, the helmet, etc, I started thinking about how God is asking us to equip ourselves to walk through the various trials and pathways of life. I’m not suggesting, of course, that sports equipment is the same as the spiritual armour that God is talking about in Ephesians, nor am I diminishing in any way the seriousness of this scripture. I’m simply making a connection to the fact that God tells us how to dress and be prepared for the battleground and that it is real. If you haven’t read this passage in a while, I suggest you give it a quick read and be encouraged by the strength and instruction that can be found within it. The passage begins with, 

“Finally, be strong in the lord and in the strength of his might.” Right from the start, God is telling us that He is powerful. He brings hope to every situation-any weakness, discouragement, test or trial……He understands us. He wants us to be equipped and ready so that we may ‘stand firm’. Unlike getting ready for sports, we don’t need to have the best equipment, or worry about technique – God is supplying the ‘whole armour’ and He goes with us.

Tanya Chant, Director of Family & Children's Ministry

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