Get ready my brother
Our Lord bids us come,
Put on your armor
There are battles to be won.
Our foe is the Devil
He shoots his fiery darts,
Trying to pierce through
And burn sin in our hearts.
Be strong in the Lord
And withstand the evil day,
Satan’s hordes surround us
Let’s keep them at bay.
Put on the girdle of truth
And righteousness as a breastplate,
The shoes of the gospel
And the shield of faith.
Take salvation’s helmet
And God’s Word as your sword,
Put them all on
And do battle for the Lord.
Keep your armor on
And never lay it down,
Till we reach the shores of heaven
And exchange it for a crown.
As a child I looked forward to the last day of school for many reasons but one of those reasons was so that I could go barefooted. Coming back to the house at the end of a long summer day playing outside required an important ritual. I had to wash my feet. I remember the wash basin on the front porch and the scrubbing with soap and water.
Jesus was about to celebrate Passover with his disciples in John 13. None of the disciples volunteered to wash the feet being that it was the job of the servant of the house. Before they ate however, Jesus wrapped a towel around Himself and began to go around to each of them and wash their dirty feet. He then taught them with these words: “You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” (John 13:13-15). The lesson is simple, we need to wash each other’s feet. How do we do that? I think Jesus was teaching us to serve other people in practical helpful ways. We should be looking for ways to help other people in the family of God. It may take the form of helping someone with a physical need, providing transportation, sharing a meal, giving someone of our time, visiting them, or just listening to them. There are a myriad of areas that could be called “washing feet”.
Our attitude is so important as we look for ways to wash one another’s feet. Jesus took the initiative and didn’t have to be asked to do it, He did it readily. He also did it humbly. As their leader He wouldn’t be expected to wash feet but kneeled down and washed every one of those 24 feet, and 120 toes. He did it lovingly as He knew that very soon He would be leaving them and going to the cross. He also did it to give all of us an example. We will never look more like the Master than when we are washing feet.
Mothers are not generally regarded as warriors. They are more nurturers and protectors. However the Bible describes some mothers who fought a different kind of battle. They were all engaged in in a hand to hand combat for their children.
In the Old Testament Hannah was childless. She prayed for a son earnestly and told the Lord if He would grant her request she would dedicate him to the Lord’s service. She was able to go through the pain of her situation by her faith in the Lord’s answer to her prayer. Hannah had her shield of faith.
The prophet Simeon told Mary what greatness her son, our Savior would achieve but also said that a sword would pierce through her own soul. Mary would have to watch her Son die on the cross. What a tremendous battle Mary went through on that day. Her only hope would be her faith that her son would rise from the grave. Mary had the shield of faith.
I think of Eunice, the mother of Timothy who had a great influence on her son. The Bible says that the genuine faith that was in Timothy was first displayed in his grandmother Lois and then modeled to Timothy by his own mother Eunice. In another scripture we have indications that Timothy’s own father was not a believer. Eunice worked hard to tutor her son in the scriptures and the lifestyle and behavior of those who believed in Jesus Christ. In order to accomplish her task with Timothy, Eunice put up her shield of faith.
Each of these mothers were warriors in their own rights. Their battles all involved their own children. They serve as examples to all mothers and grandmothers today. The front lines of today’s warfare is still fought for the children. No matter how old the children are mothers are still fighting. Sometimes like Mary the sword pierces through their soul as well. Sometimes like Hannah the prayers are so intense that others think they’re crazy. They have no concept of a mother’s battle. And sometimes like Lois and Eunice the task of modeling the faith never ends. Today’s warrior mothers still need to pick up the shield of faith in the battle for their children.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation