During the time of Rome, the legionaries were prized warriors, fearless and versatile, a formative opponent to all that opposed Rome. In addition to their strong weapons, they were equipped with large shields to protect themselves from flaming arrows intended to weaken their battle lines.
Like the legionaries, we also have an enemy that likes to assault us with flaming arrows. Luckily, Ephesians 6 tells us that we too have a shield to block incoming arrows. However in order to be efficient in battle we have to grow in faith, or at least cry out to God for his protection.
But what if we lack the faith?
Many of us try to use our shields, but find they are bulky and clumsy. We may learn to block some only to find others keep getting through. God is faithful to heal us after the damage has been done, but I submit that this is not what he intended.
The legionaries knew that their individual shields were not sufficient in of themselves. Even with all their training, there would always be an area that they could not protect. To solve this they would huddle together and use their individual shields to protect each other, trusting that if they use their shield to protect their neighbor then someone else would protect their exposed areas.
Even if there are many areas where we are weak in faith, there are certain areas that we are strong. Areas where we won victories over and over again to the point our faith has grown sufficient to distinguish those certain types of arrows. In these areas, we must huddle together and place our shield infront of them forcing the enemies arrows to hit our shield instead.
When we protect people where we strong, others will protect us in the areas where we are weak. When we step outside of ourselves and learn to bear shields for others we will become like the legionaries, strong and mighty, an impenetrable force. Paul encourages us with the letter to ephesians to stand firm together. When we do, the enemy will flee. (Ephesians 6:14)
So let us focus on the areas where we are strong be encouraged to cover other where they are weak. This life a battle, lets us stand firm together.