Run as Fast as You Can…….Into the Battlefield
So this morning I was reading my morning devotional, and it was like a big smack in the face. It was like God was saying,”Open your eyes and see that you are meant to be My warrior, and warriors do not retreat! Go into the battlefield & prepare for battle. You are not meant to stay in a tranch or a hide-away. You are called to be on the front lines, so that My Kingdom can prevail!” Wow! All of us as the believers & followers of Christ are WARRIORS! We are not called to be timid or to be cowards. We are not suppose to tuck our tails and high tail it out of there when the going gets tough. No! We are a chosen people, set apart in Christ! We are to be bold & courageous for the Kingdom of God. The world can be a very scary place, especially when it seems as if the enemy is gaining foothold. But you know the enemy only gains foothold where we fail to bring Christ, and if we retreat from the world then how can Christ be brought as the light? We cannot shine the light of Christ into a dark world from our closets or from the comfort our homes (unless we are bringing unbelievers into our home to share Christ with). We have to go out into the world, even as scary as it is, and shine! Scripture tells us that we are to be in the world but not of the world.
14I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17Sanctify[a] them by the truth; your word is truth. 18As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. (John 17:14-18)
Jesus says in verse 18, “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” How plainer can you get? Jesus has sent us into the world to be His light, to be the example & expression of Christ to the world. Christ prays that God will protect us as we go out into the world. He doesn’t pray for God to remove us from the world & set us in a bubble world. How can we go & make disciples of all the nations, if we have retreated from the world & hidden away in our own bubble? We can’t!
Being a Christian is not about the things that we don’t do, but it is about the things that we should do. Just because we may not drink, party, curse, partake of drugs, watch R rated movies does not make us Christians. And just because we wear Christian t-shirts, put Christian bumper stickers on our cars, listen to Christian music, and hang out with only Christian people does not make us true Christians.( I am not saying that you aren’t a Christian is you choose not to partake in some activities, or if you choose to listen to nothing but Christian music.) If we are not sharing Christ with others then we are not obeying Christ, we are not being the expression of Christ. Jesus went to the sinners, the prostitutes, the drunkards, and the glutens. He went to those that were considered “not holy enough,” and He brought hope, freedom, & love. He showed grace & mercy, without condemning anyone.
We need to remember that “our struggle is not against enemies of blood & flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of thsi present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12) “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” (Ephesians 6:13) We need to suit up as the body of Christ and run as fast as we can into the battlefield, so that darkness doesn’t prevail. We don’t need to let the enemy gain any foothold by retreating into the trenches & hide-aways. We need to be like David, and run out swinging proclaiming to the enemy, “I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This very day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down…” (1 Samuel 17:45-46) There are people in the world who are counting on us to bring the freedom, the hope, and the love of Christ to them so that they can be set free from the enemy. So my challenge to all of us as the body of Christ is to suit up & let’s prepare for battle! We are warriors of the Most High God!