"War is a terrible thing. But if you're going to get into it, you've got to get into it all the way." —General Dwight Eisenhower
Children of God, we are currently facing an unseen enemy (COVID-19). This fight we face is not like a conventional war where we seek out the enemy and destroy, but it is more of a battle against an unknown principality. In Ephesians 6:12, God's Word tells us:
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
We are then instructed in Ephesians 6:13 to take up the full armor of God:
“Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”
"Stand" is a crucial word in this section. He repeats it in verses 11, 13, and 14. Also, the term "resist" (6:13) comes from a Greek compound word from the root, "to stand," meaning literally to stand against. It's a military term for holding on to a position that is under attack. It implies the courage to hold your ground because of your allegiance to King Jesus, even when others may be fleeing from the battle because the enemy seems so strong.
With that said, Ephesians 6:14–17 says:
“Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Who in their right mind goes into a battle unprepared without armor and weapons? As believers, now is the time for us to respond to "our call to duty." It is time for us to prepare our hearts and minds, to gird up our loins, to bring hope through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If we are going to get into this battle, we've got to get into it all the way.