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“Take it off!” and “Put it on!” – 21 February 2021

The latest series of ‘The Masked Singer’ has just finished (so Gill informs me!), involving celebrities singing songs while wearing head-to-toe costumes and face masks concealing their identities.  A panel of ‘experts’ then attempts to guess who is “behind the mask”, whilst also being given various clues.  The identity of particular celebrities is revealed when everyone shouts in sophisticated, harmonious unison “Take it off!”

As we read through the Bible we encounter many commands / exhortations to take / put off sinful lifestyles and behaviours – indeed to put off our old self and “to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4v22,23).  Both ‘taking off’ and ‘putting on’ are vital elements of Christian discipleship – and it is very clear that, although each of us is indwelt by the Holy Spirit, we have to take action!

I’ve recently noted one particular aspect of this in regard to the armour of God set out in Ephesians 6v10-18.  Are you tempted to assume that, somehow, you are protected with little / no effort on your part?  Paul repeatedly stresses, however, that we must each “put on” / “take up” / “take” the armour.  Maybe as a conscious action during this season of Lent (and also beyond!) we should pray through and clothe ourselves each morning with each piece of God’s armour.

Peace and Grace

Paul

PS – I understand that ‘The Masked Singer’ is often abbreviated to TMS.  This is, of course, a serious error – TMS can only stand for Test Match Special!