Day Twelve = When in Rome
Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (Eph. 6:11)
At the height of the Roman Empire, it was the strongest and most advanced civilization known to man. Stretching over a span of approximately 6.5 million km of land surface (Wikipedia), the empire engulfed the entire continent of Europe and more. Even though the empire was this vast with all of its many cultures blending together, there was something different about the people and their behavior in the main political city of Rome. In Rome, you did not want to be different from everybody else otherwise you would be noticed as an outsider. So, as the old saying goes “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, meaning behave as those around do.
The roman soldiers always made sure they put their armor on yet; so many times Christians fail to put theirs on. Then we wonder why feel so beat up and abused at the end of the day. When you find yourself surrounded by enemy forces do as the roman soldiers do and put on your armor. As we go through the scriptures we find a list of what to put on in order to make it as Christians in a pagan land:
- Put on righteousness (Job 29:14)
- Put on Strength (Isaiah 51:9)
- Put on the armor of light (Rom. 13:12)
- Put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 13:14)
- Put on incorruption (1 Cor. 15:53)
- Put on the new man (Eph. 4:24, Col. 3:10)
- Put on the whole armor of God (Eph. 6:11)
- Put on the breastplate of righteousness (Eph. 6:14)
- Put on tender mercies (Col. 3:12)
- Put on love (Col. 3:14)
As they say, ‘when in Rome’.