When asked the question, “why do you follow Christ?” How do you respond? In my life, I have met those who are true warriors for Christ, ready at any given moment to defend and fight for the faith. I have also come across those who flee or panic when their faith is tested. What is the difference between the two? Why does one flee while another stands their ground? I hope to answers these questions as we look into “Becoming A Warrior”.
In America, it is commonly believed that we as Christians are not truly persecuted here in our country, I beg to differ. It may be true that we aren’t burned at the stake or have to hold our services underground, yet persecution is still present in our country. Mockery and ridicule may seem to be a minor issue for a Christian, which it should be. However, it is the simplest of issues that cause the weak to stray from the faith. A fully cladded, fully equipped, fully prepared Christian would scoff at mockery and continue to serve their Lord to the best of their ability. Warriors of the Faith would be the ones to stand up for Christ without fear, with words of truth to battle against evil, even when they face it alone. Unfortunately, not many of these fully cladded warriors are found these days. A major reason as to why warriors are scarce, I believe to be simply this. Lack of growth.
Peter instructs us on how to grow in the faith and what it would look like in the life of a Christian. “Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. 5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, 6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, 7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; 11 for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.” 2 Peter 1:3-11 (NASB)
Peter spells out what a warrior looks like and what a coward looks like. To be a warrior you must continually grow in your faith. Being morally excellent, knowledgeable, self-controlled, steadfast, godly, kind and lastly, show love unto others. Peter says that we will not stumble if we hold these qualities true to ourselves. Our entrance into the Kingdom will be supplied abundantly. Meaning, that when we arrive as warriors we would’ve made it through the storm of this world with an abundance of fruitfulness.
The short-sighted forget what their Lord has done and return to their former sin, not losing salvation, but staying in their old self they fail to grow and remain stagnate in their sinfulness. Often it is the young in Christ who if not taught at an early time in their walk with Christ, on how to fight temptation, they end up being the stagnate in their faith. Drawn to the lust of this world temptation enters. The Spirit may stir and tug, but if no shield is put up or no sword drawn then the temptation will easily take hold of a young follower. What I mean by a coward of the faith is this. When one claims belief in Christ and speaks all the right things around believers, but will follow fools to the ends of the earth without fighting back, are quick to throw down their armor and sheath their swords in exchange for false friendships and reputation.
“Why do you follow Christ?” Some would be quick to deny that they do follow Christ. Others are eager to share what they have found with serving their Lord. Growth with Christ requires diligence, community with other followers, and a never quenched thirst for Understanding of the Word. The Word being our only weapon against the forces of evil it must be sewed to our hearts and minds. Falsehood is in our churches and our society. Through truth in the Word, falsehood can and will be defeated. Will Warriors answer the call to battle? Or will we surrender our faith for the sake of falsehood?
I urge you brothers, strive for righteousness in Christ Jesus and take up the armor of God and truly become a warrior of the Faith. With the Spirit as our guide and God before us let us march onward as Warriors for Christ.
Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, 2 like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, 3 if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. – 1 Peter 2:1-3
Works cited –
Biblegateway.com/ 2 Peter 1:3-11
Biblegateway.com/ 1 Peter 2:1-3