For me “to be a christian” or a “follower of Christ” means to be a spiritual warrior. We are called to be a prophetic and visionary kind of people, who are able to love and protect life, who are at the leading edge in all areas of human progress as the living breathing Body of Christ. We are called to give our life for one another: „This is My commandment, that you love one another as I loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.“ We are called to fight for a higher vision of beauty and goodness together, to make a striking impact in the outer and inner advancement of humanity. „We don’t need accountability groups; we need fellow warriors, someone to fight alongside, someone to watch our back.“, writes John Eldredge in his book „Wild at Heart“.
This world is not a pitty party. Our life is a journey into a great and mysterious adventure and we need loyal and trustworthy companions on our way, someone to fight alongside, someone to entrust our life, someone to cry and to laugh with, someone to celebrate life and face death with. The warrior knows: death is not the end, but the fulfillment of our birth and the beginning of something new, the warrior embraces the wholeness of being. Jesus Christ, the perfect example of a spiritual warior, said before his last breath: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!”
A true warrior is someone who enjoys a good fight and even if he is surrounded by enemies, he never givs up, because he is always aware of his intimate connection to the Divine Spirit, who is greater than every enemy. The greatest fight of a warrior is therefore his inner fight (against fear, selfishness, ignorance, negativity, hopelessness…) and all our outer fights in life are just reflexions of that inner fight. The Holy Bible describes God itself as a “Mighty Warrior”: “The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
This is a very important idea, although it is distorted in our times (1. because of political correctness. It is not policital correct to identify yourself with the Archetype of the Warrior 2. because of misrouted ideas about masculinity, heroism and fighting that can produce monsters like facism and terrorism, that only produces destruction, fear and tyranny) I am interested in another level: If God has created us in his image, everyone of us – man and women – bear something of this Mighty Warrior within our soul. Another interesting quote of “Wild at Heart” from Eldredge is: “He created Adam for adventure, battle and beauty; he created us for a unique place in his story and he is committed to bringing us back to the original design.”
In other words: this world is sometimes a battlefield and we have to choose every day if we flee or fight. Let us fight a good fight. There are thousands of opportunities to fight for something important and reach a higher level of consciousness, to realize a dream, to do something good and noble and become a little bit more like Christ. Be a window of heaven for someone, let it be just one person, say something encouraging and funny to someone – there are so many hopeless, homeless and lost people out there! You can awaken them to a new life with courageous words and acts. This day, my friend, is your opportunity to rise up your inner Warrior and change the atmosphere, wherever you are going. Be one of the Mighty Warriors who enjoy life to the fullest.
Be a game changer!
„I think Jesus was the ultimate game changer. I also think He came to invite us to change the game, as well.“ Graham Cooke
© mark david vinzens