“Therefore be very careful how you live – not as unwise but as wise, taking advantage of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15-16). NET.
Truth be told, we have an enemy who hates our guts. He does not like our resilience. He stays busy all the time to distract us so we can focus on things that don’t matter now and eternity. While he (the devil) is busy through his whims and caprices, believers are on vacation having a nice time. We often forget that there is an ongoing warfare.
No soldier enlisted in the army entangles himself with the affairs of this life that he might please the one who enrolled him (2Tim 2:4).
We are on the Lord’s army. The day we made Jesus the Lord of our lives, we became kingdom recruits. The military does not engage themselves with civilian lifestyle. We were told to put on the whole armour of God that we might be able to stand against the wiles (schemes) of the devil. Apostle Paul went further to say “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Eph. 6:13).
The evil day is everyday! Because Jesus said “…sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof”(Matt. 6:34). Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Eph. 6:14-15).
The armour is for warfare and that warfare is for the souls of men. The wiles of the devil are spiritual blindness and ignorance. He does not want men and women to see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ. “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Cor. 4:3-4).
The armour is for battle. We have to engage the lies of the wicked one in the hearts of men by fastening the belt of truth around our waist, ready to bring it forth anytime there is a demand for it. With our minds protected with the helmet of salvation, we must shod our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. We must be on the offensive with Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God in our mouths! We have been given this spiritual kit so we can be on the offensive. The shield of faith is our persuasion in the Gospel which enables us to quench all the fiery darts/missiles the enemy through men might throw at us. All the components of this armour are for the preaching of the gospel.
Paul conclusively said “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” (Eph. 6:19-20).
Can you see that? When he said in vs 18 to pray for all saints always with all perseverance and supplication in the Spirit, it is so that they can boldly proclaim the Gospel.
We are told to preach the Word in season and out of season, when it is convenient and when it is not! (2Tim 4:2). Christmas, Easter, Independence day, and other forms of holidays or vacations, it makes no difference! We have a full time devil who peddles spiritual blindness like those who peddle cocaine, (Eph. 4:17-18), our preaching must be full time too. Public holidays afford us an ample opportunity to preach the gospel on the streets, anywhere or through any available means. We must not relent nor become complacent. We all should have a sense of urgency! Take up the challenge and maximize your holidays for the sake of the Kingdom.
I conclude with the words of the fourth stanza of that great hymn written by Fanny J. Crosby in 1869. This hymn is still as soul stirring as it was then when she penned it. It’s titled “Rescue the perishing”
Rescue the perishing,
Duty demands it;
Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide;
Back to the narrow way,
Patiently win them;
Tell the poor wand’rer a Savior has died.
Rescue the perishing,
Care for the dying;
Jesus is merciful,
Jesus will save.