The Call of the Warrior

David ran and stood over him [Goliath]. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath.  After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.

When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.  Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath and to the gates of Ekron.  Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron.

 – 1 Samuel 17:51-52

This Grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

 – 2 Timothy 1:9b-10

In his book, No Small Snakes, Gordon Dalbey states that the greatest manual for Spiritual Warfare is the Old Testament of the Bible.  Looking back through the battles of the Israelites, one can find examples of bravery, trust, and recklessness in following God. 

When we step back and look at these same stories paired next to what God did through coming down to earth as Jesus Christ, we can find some frightening similarities. 

The story of David and Goliath.  We all know it.  David puts a sling stone into Goliath’s forehead, killing him (1 Samuel 17:49-50). 

The Story of Jesus Christ and the cross.  We all know it.  He dies a gruesome death on the cross, defeats death and comes back on the third day.

But what happens afterwards?  Suddenly this huge opponent is defeated, so what do we do? 

After Goliath falls to David, the Philistine army flees and the men of Judah persue them and kill them.  Death falls to Christ Jesus, Satan and his angels flinch, and what do we do?

We are still afraid.  The problem I have with the Church (the Body of Christ) isn’t that we are not moving, it’s that we are not surging forth and storming the gates of Hell itself.  Inside each of us, we are still afraid of what could have (should have) happened to us. 

Instead of running with the courage of Salvation, we seek safety.

The Philistine army could have charged and entered battle with the men of Judah.  They could have held the line and put up a valiant defense against the onslaught, taking down many men with them.  But they didn’t.  Nether do the armies of the Evil One, The Corrupter, The Prince of Hell. 

They scattered when their greatest warrior among them was put out of action, Death.  We have been liberated from it. 

The story doesn’t end there.  It doesn’t end when we close our Bibles after our daily, weekly, monthly devotionals.  The story continues through the lives of all who have accepted the call of Christ, the call to take up arms and run after the enemies of God. 

We cannot, as Christians, Christ followers, be safe.  We cannot hide.  With our gifts we must root out evil and kill it.  We are in the middle of a war, it is time to choose a side.

God Bless and PEACE

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