Jesus Christ gave up His throne in paradise to rescue us, give us life and completely romance us. And He’s not done. If you’re wondering what His agenda looks like to this day… It’s still you. He’s praying for us – even now he’s fighting for us. He desires us so. very. much!
“Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” ~Romans 8:34
I LOVE what Loui Giglio said about sacrifice in an Instagram post:
“Dear young leaders: If you’ve ever had the thought — man, there’s a steep pathway of seemingly endless hurdles between where I am and where/what/who I want to be — welcome to earth. Underneath the elegance and beauty of every great symphony, sermon, sculpture, sonnet and game-winning shot are calloused hands and feet that have labored in the mundane corridors of relative obscurity, perfecting through discomfort and perseverance a gift that will in time look effortless while bringing wonder to the world. Every culture-shifting offering — a scholarly work, skyscraper, social change or saving act — is coupled with blood, sweat, tears and faith. Nothing great is easy. Nothing.
We can’t make the mistake of assuming someone else took the express elevator to the top, while underneath what we perceive to be a golden slipper are the scars of endurance few are willing to bear for the sake of sharpening their craft and seizing the moment they have been given to run with talent entrusted from above. Truth is, they overcame a set of hurdles similar to yours in their quest to max to the limit their moment in time.
To do so does not equivocate to unavoidable burnout, rather affirms that mediocre must not be confused with grace, and rest must not be allowed to morph into waste. Yes, He who began the good work, perfects it. But in the same breath we are called to work out what He has poured in.
So here’s to all those who have decided not to take no for an answer. Those who disdain average, commonplace and ordinary. Those who not only reach for the stars, but put in the effort to build the rocket that will get them there.
Greatness in any endeavor, whether birthing a son or freeing the captive, righting a society or engineering a better future, is always party to sacrifice. Don’t despise it. Embrace it. Relish it. Love it. Sacrifice is your friend, and the door through which you will bring wonderful gifts to your world.”
SO… Will you fight for Him? Will this fight of yours be an all or nothing sacrifice? It won’t be easy. It won’t be glamorous, you’ll be alone and hated by this world. But this short suffering is far, far outweighed by Christ’s glory bestowed upon us in Heaven when we are (finally) joined with Him. He is ours, we have only to choose if we will fight to be His. The best thing is that once we choose, He’s right there fighting with us.
Did a Bible search for the word “Warrior” and was so inspired, I couldn’t just pick one verse to end this piece with… So here ya go!!
“The LORD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him— my father’s God, and I will exalt him! The LORD is a warrior; Yahweh is his name!”
“This is what the LORD says: Do you see all these enemy forces? Today I will hand them all over to you. Then you will know that I am the LORD.”
~1 Kings 20:13
“Put on your sword, O mighty warrior! You are so glorious, so majestic! In your majesty, ride out to victory, defending truth, humility, and justice. Go forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds! Your arrows are sharp, piercing your enemies’ hearts. The nations fall beneath your feet. Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of justice. You love justice and hate evil. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else… Kings’ daughters are among your noble women. At your right side stands the queen, wearing jewelry of finest gold from Ophir! Listen to me, O royal daughter; take to heart what I say. Forget your people and your family far away. For your royal husband delights in your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.”
~Psalms 45:1-7, 9-11
“Even the bravest soldiers, though they have the heart of a lion, will be paralyzed with fear. For all Israel knows what a mighty warrior your father is and how courageous his men are.”
~2 Samuel 17:10
“I have raised up a warrior. I have selected him from the common people to be king. His enemies will not defeat him, nor will the wicked overpower him. I will beat down his adversaries before him and destroy those who hate him. My faithfulness and unfailing love will be with him, and by my authority he will grow in power. And he will call out to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’ I will preserve an heir for him; his throne will be as endless as the days of heaven. But I will never stop loving him nor fail to keep my promise to him.”
~Psalms 89:19, 22-24, 26, 29, 33
“But the LORD stands beside me like a great warrior. Before him my persecutors will stumble. They cannot defeat me. They will fail and be thoroughly humiliated. Their dishonor will never be forgotten.”
“Come quickly, all you nations everywhere. Gather together in the valley.” And now, O LORD, call out your warriors! “Let the nations be called to arms. Let them march to the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I, the LORD, will sit to pronounce judgment on them all. Thousands upon thousands are waiting in the valley of decision. There the day of the LORD will soon arrive. The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will no longer shine. The LORD’s voice will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth will shake. But the LORD will be a refuge for his people, a strong fortress for the people of Israel. “Then you will know that I, the LORD your God, live in Zion, my holy mountain. Jerusalem will be holy forever, and foreign armies will never conquer her again.”
~Joel 3:11-12, 14-17