Interesting historical fact: George Washington fought the American Revolution for absolutely no pay. He believed in the American cause so much that he was willing to fight and die with no reward other than knowing he helped us to be free from British tyranny. Is it just me, or does that sound just a tiny bit like someone else we all know?
The difference between Washington and Christ, though, is the fact that Christ didn’t just fight against British tyranny; rather, Christ fought evil tyranny found in the entire world. He paid the ultimate price: His life. Christ defeated even death, something Washington could never do.
Christ rose again to don His armor and fight for us and with us daily to continue to ensure our freedom from sin. It is that truth that inspires me to don my own armor and take up my sword to fight along side my Father to expand His Kingdom! A favorite song of mine has become “A Voice Calling Out,” by Bethany Dillon.
The chorus of the song goes, “Heaven’s battle cry, Rise!”
I can just imagine a host of angels with Christ leading them all wearing their armor of truth and wielding their weapons of righteousness as they descend to offer us salvation from darkness and sin. We are fighting a battle that has been waging since man first walked the Garden and will continue fighting this battle until our Lord calls us home.
Our reward for this battle, however, is not just the good feelings of freedom we have given to those who come after us. We are promised a treasure in heaven so vast that a collection of all the treasures on earth could not compare. So, put on your armor. Take up your sword. Fly headlong onto the battlefield for the souls of those you love: your family, your friends and even your enemies.
“All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lords.”
– 1 Samuel 17:47 (NIV)
“Jesus, I thank You so much for fighting for me, and for Your ultimate sacrifice on the cross. Help me to make sacrifices when I need to, and remind me that my treasure is in heaven. Help me with my current battles today, including…”