I’m going to let you in on a little secret…if you want to become a warrior in the faith, you’re not only going to have to go through the training for battle, but you will also have to go through the battle itself.
A warrior means a trained and experienced fighter and you don’t become a trained fighter by sitting on the sidelines. That’s not a thing, it doesn’t happen.
Sometimes when people become Christians they assume their lives will get easier, however, the truth is, when you become a Christian you choose a side. You weren’t a threat sitting on the fence in the middle, you became a threat when you chose a side.
I have researched a lot about the problem of evil and how it impacts people both Christian and non-Christian alike for my Master’s degree I am finishing this year. It seems we have somewhat of an epidemic of people coming to Christ but then when the battle begins and life happens, they hand over their uniform and run for the door.
As a church, when people come to Christ, we are to disciple them, train them for the battle ahead so that when it comes (and it will come) they’re ready, prepared to fight in the same way soldiers are prepared for battle.
Christianity is not a hippie movement.
“Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.” (Psalm 27:3, ESV)
Somewhere though, we have lost our purpose. We read Scriptures such as Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…” and somehow we get it in our head that we won’t have to walk through the valley at all. That is not what is being said here, it says, “even though I walk.”
That means, you will walk BUT you are not without hope because the Lord God Almighty is with you.
We are to train one another up in the Word of God so that when the battle hits, when the valley walk begins, we will not fall away but we will boldly march through not just as trained soldiers but as warriors. Because here’s the thing, you don’t become a warrior without experiencing battle.
So, my friends, get ready. Train hard, train well, get in the Word because if you’re not in the battle yet then one is coming your way and the Kingdom of God is in the business of making Warriors. And, if you’ve been through the battle, don’t be afraid to show your scars-those are the markings of a trained and experienced fighter for the Kingdom of God, be proud, share your stories and prepare those who come after you.