Breastplate of Righteousness
One of the most telling pieces of evidence regarding creation is the design of the human body. It stands to reason that the most important and vital organs necessary for life would be enveloped by one of the strongest bones in the human body, the breastplate. Our perfect Creator and Father was well aware of the importance of protecting the heart of man.
Ephesians 6:10-17 instructs us to put on the full armor of God every day so that we may stand against the attacks of the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. This week we will look at the importance of putting on the breastplate of righteousness.
Throughout scripture we see hundreds of references to the “heart of man” and very few times is it used in the context of the life-sustaining organ that pumps blood through the body. Instead it is used to describe the condition of man’s soul or spiritual walk. It said that “God hardened Pharaoh’s heart” and we have all heard phrases like, “he is kind-hearted” or “I have a soft spot in my heart…” and even “it was tugging at my heart strings.” None of us need a doctorate to understand that these phrases do not mean a physical change in the organ inside a body, but instead to the condition of a person’s spirit.
It stands to reason that an asset like the heart should be guarded and protected. If the heart fails, so does the body. The evil one wakes up every morning with a singular purpose to destroy the heart of man and place him in direct opposition the will of God. It is for this reason we are called to daily guard and protect or heart with righteousness. Romans 3:10 declares that “non are righteous, not one,” therefore we must depend wholly on the righteousness of the One who took our place.
Daily we are to be reminded of the condition of our hearts, both where we were before Christ, and where we stand today in Christ! Much like a top notch athlete must work diligently each day to maintain his or her athletic ability, we must work daily to grow closer to Jesus in order that we might be dressed in His righteousness alone. A heart that seeks the Lord daily is focused and stands ready to defend against attack. The heart that fails to seek the Lord will be easily distracted and swayed.
The breastplate of righteousness is not an item that you put on like shoes or a hat. It is a growing and evolving guard and protector over your life. However it is an item that one must choose to wear daily. To seek the will of our carnal desires is to choose to live in your own helpless and hopeless unrighteousness, making yourself exposed to the evil ones attacks. To live in His righteousness means to rest in His defense and His protection!