I’m not a shopper. I tend to buy classic looking clothes so they last a long time. That way, I only have to shop for a new shirt/dress/pants once every ten years or so. Okay, maybe not that often. But seriously, why can’t sizes be standard instead of having Women’s, Misses, Petite, etc? And why must those sizes vary between clothing lines? Sometimes trying on clothes is like David trying to wear Saul’s armor.
There’s really nothing like a good-fitting pair of jeans, especially when they’re worn in so they fit like a glove. You pull them on and just kind of sink into their comfort. They mold to your shape, supporting you in all the right places.
Ephesians 6 tells us to “Put on the armor of God.” The Greek word for “put on” implies that “sink into” feeling. No need to worry about fit here. Sink into that belt of truth. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a 24″ or 60″ waist. That belt will fit snug without cutting into your stomach or leaving the tongue hanging like a panting dog’s tongue. And that breastplate of righteousness? Same thing. Let it settle onto your shoulders, conforming to your shoulders whether they are square or rounded, whether you’re barrel- or beanpole-chested. It’ll fit like it was made for you. Actually, it was! Don’t have to worry about shoes or sandals, either. The gospel of peace provides the best support your feet will ever sink into.
Now that shield of faith is a bit different. It grows the more you use it, so if you want the best protection, keep it handy and use it on every occasion. The helmet of salvation might be a tight fit on a head that’s swollen with pride but otherwise, it should fit like the rest of your outfit. And that sword needs daily sharpening to be of any use. Make sure you sink into the Word each day to keep your weapon sharp enough to divide bone from marrow.
Now, doesn’t that feel good? If only clothes shopping were this easy.
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