Brad Stine is a Christian comedian with a routine called, “Put a helmet on!” In it he belittles the generation that has grown up never riding a bicycle without a helmet on. His sarcasm includes the amazement around how the older generation has survived – ones that never wore bicycle helmets, did not wear seat belts and even drank water out of a garden hose! It is a hilarious routine but it took on a different perspective when I talked with a buddy that survived a nasty bicycle accident in which his helmet had saved his life.
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. … Take on the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, – Ephesians 10:11&17
The helmet of salvation has saved my life. It is the knowledge and belief that Jesus was the Word made flesh, born of the Virgin, lived a sinless life, was blessed by His Father, obedient to the point of death on the cross, put death to sin on the cross, rose from the dead, appeared to His disciples, ascended into Heaven and will come again. The helmet not only saved my life eternally, it challenged me to pick up the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, which has enabled me to grow in a relationship with our Savior and learn to serve Him as Lord.
Tips for putting the helmet on:
- Read John 6:35 with your family and discuss the eternal perspective Jesus introduces with His words, “I am the bread of life.”
- Read John 8:12 and discuss the clarity for navigating in this world that Jesus provides in saying, “I am the light of the world.”
- Read John 10:7-10 and discuss belonging to the Kingdom and the life Jesus speaks of with, “I am the gate for the sheep.”
A faithful father puts the helmet of salvation on and continues to grow in Christ.