A couple of years ago, we moved from a state that required motorcycle drivers and passengers to wear helmets to one that does not. Seeing people riding cycles with bare heads caught my attention. Riding a motorcycle without a helmet has higher risks of death and serious injury in an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than 25,000 lives have been saved over a 15-year period because people wore helmets on motorcycles.*
Helmets are also worn in many risky sports, including auto racing and American-style football. Some occupations, such as construction, also require people on a job site to wear a protective hardhat. Perhaps the riskiest activity where helmets are used is warfare. You just don’t see soldiers in battle without a helmet.
You know what? Life also has a tremendous amount of spiritual risk. The apostle Paul likens the Christian life to warfare. In Ephesians 6:17 he encourages us to “take the helmet of salvation.” (NIV) The word take implies reaching out to receive something. God offers salvation and we receive it by faith. Like a helmet, it protects us in the spiritual struggle of life. The word take also carries the force of a command. We urgently need God’s salvation. When the bombs fall, soldiers grab their helmets. As you face the spiritual struggle of life, be sure you reach out and take the salvation God offers to you.
*”Motorcycle Helmets,” NSC Injury Facts, https://injuryfacts.nsc.org/motor-vehicle/occupant-protection/motorcycle-helmets/.
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