As firefighters, we are taught all of the foundational aspects of our tools, equipment, and P.P.E. in the beginning; so that we can build upon this knowledge throughout our career.
In the Christian life, we often feel confused or lack clarity about certain issues that we face. This devotional is an analogy of our turn-out gear and The Trinity in hopes to help explain in terms that anyone can understand. Let us begin:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
A firefighter understands the importance of their turnout gear. Without turn-out gear they are unprotected and will be burned or injured in a fire. As a firefighter places their gear on the rig for their shift, they take the proper steps to insure their gear is ready for use. Each part of their gear must be checked to insure it is put together properly, that it isn’t damaged, and that all of their necessary tools are there (hand tools, safety glasses, etc.)
The gear that a firefighter wears is like armor. From the outside, it appears as if only a thick canvas like material but there is more to this armor than meets the eye.
Let’s ask ourselves this question before we go any further:
We prepare ourselves to fight a fire but are we prepared to fight the fires of life?
In order to adequately protect us our turnout gear is comprised of three distinct layers: the thermal liner, the moisture barrier and the outer shell.
Each layer is vitally important. For example, if you entered a fire with only the outer shell you would be burned because the thermal liner is missing. Even though they aren’t visible from the outside, the thermal liner and the moisture barrier provide the majority of the protection to the firefighter.
How does this relate to our spiritual life as a Christian?
In the beginning God created man and he was unclothed. He needed nothing to protect him from the world. As sin entered the world by our decision to disobey God, rather than let us be burned by the fire, God provided a layer of protection between us and death that no fire can ever penetrate.
He shielded us from thermal insult through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of His son Jesus Christ. Jesus stood between us and the fires of hell and said:
“When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned: the flames will not set you ablaze. (Isaiah 43:2)
As a firefighter, we must put on our turn-out gear to be protected. Thus as a human being, we must allow Jesus into our heart to be saved.
Yet, there is so much more to the Trinity of His Turn-out Gear. He not only rescues us from the flames of hell, He leaves with us another layer of protection called The Holy Spirit.
In the next part of this series we will discuss how each one of us can put on the armor of God as we face the fires of life.
Until then, pick up the word of God and read more about the Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. The book of John is a great place to start. Be encouraged and know that we have a layer of protection that not even the fires of hell can penetrate. And if you would like to go deeper in your journey of faith, the Fellowship of Christian Firefighters International Bible Studies are a great place to start. Check them out here:
“He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit & with fire” Matthew 3:11
Andy J. Starnes