Do I spend every moment of my existence focused on the knowledge that a vicious lion is on the hunt for my life? Do I wake up every morning to arm myself for the war zone that I am continually and inevitably living in? Or am I passive and lazy in the Christian life? Do I forsake spiritual disciplines because I just don't feel like it, failing to remember that they are my lifeline?
Upon receiving the precious name, "child of God," I did not lose all responsibility. Yes, I was given forgiveness and spiritual protection, but I was also given the incredible responsibility to fight in the Divine war, and to be a representation of my Holy (holy, holy) God. And I do not have a day off - not a moment off to rest from war - day or night, because the Devil does not take time off. He knows my weaknesses; he'll catch me when I'm tired or stressed or spiritually lazy. It's not like he'll wait until I look alive, and then play fair.
What's at stake is of utmost importance: truth, righteousness, the gospel, sanctification, and the untainted Word of God. The Devil is the great deceiver, and his goal from the beginning has been to twist God's words. His goal is to tempt, to condemn, to create doubt, and to take our focus away from what matters.
"Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand." (Ephesians 6:11-13)
"Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk - not as unwise people but as wise - making the most of the time, because the days are evil." (Ephesians 5:15)