These days it seems you have to have a helmet for everything: hitting a baseball, bicycling, driving a motorcycle, working on a construction site, playing football, fighting a fire…you get the point.
It’s because of past mistakes and the latest up-to-date safety precautions that we are required to (or at least strongly requested to) wear helmets. If you don’t wear your helmet you run the risk of injury or even death, depending on your circumstances.
So if even the secular world knows that we need a helmet to protect their heads, why do we as Christians so often forget to wear our own head gear?
And by this I’m not talking about physical head gear anymore but our spiritual helmet. Because if we don’t wear that helmet, we run the risk of sustaining spiritual injury and even spiritual death. And it’s no laughing matter.
Paul knew we needed head protection way back when he wrote the book of Ephesians, and just following the belt of truth, he tells us we need to wear our Helmet of Salvation.
So What is salvation?
Well, the Hebrew word for salvation is the word “soteria,” which means deliverance and preservation, such as that which is granted to us immediately by God through our acceptance of Jesus Christ and the repentance of sin.
Why is our helmet one of salvation?
As you probably know, a helmet protects your head when you are hit, whether it be with a ball, building materials, or cement. Our spiritual helmet must be worn in order to protect our mind (our spiritual head) when it is hit with thorns, weeds, and life’s trials. (Because we all have trials, don’t we?) Therefore, in order to protect our mind from these attacks, we must have that salvation.
How do I get salvation?
- You may pray right now to yourself, asking Jesus into your life and repenting for your sins. (Say your own prayer or say the one I’ve provided below.)
- Say a prayer that you repeat after someone
If you don’t know where to start, I have written a prayer for you. Even if you’ve said the prayer before, it’s never too early or too late to rededicate your life to the Savior. If you have not been wearing your helmet, pick it up today and remember to put it on from this day forward, because God will deliver you from the trials of life.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I come to you today with a humble heart to confess that I have not been the person you have made me to be. Today, I acknowledge the fact that you sent your son to die on the cross as a sacrifice to save me from my sins. I just ask that you would enter my life today and forgive me for those sins. Transform my life, and make me into the (wo)man you would have me to be. Help me to use the gifts you have given me for your glory. Help me to have continued faith in You, and I ask that you transform my life from one of fear to one of faith.
In Jesus’ Name,
If you have said this prayer today, I invite you to tell me your story through email or in the comments. I’d love to hear what you have to say!