Summary: God created us as a warrior race and equips us to fight the good fight of faith.
How many of you want to be in control of everything you do? I think if we honestly look at ourselves we would admit that is the case. We all have this drive, this inborn desire to want to control. Just walk downstairs and spend some time in the nursery. Every child there has a desire to be in control. They want to accumulate every toy that is there, even if their hands are already full. They all want the biggest pile, and if another child wants something they have in their pile, even if they are not using it, they scream, “MINE!” In fact, if you want them to play with something and they are not, you just start playing with it and see how fast they react and reach over grabbing it from your hands so they can play with it. MINE!
This accumulation relates to the drive we have for power, a drive to control, which is not necessarily wrong. It can become unhealthy when it gets perverted from its original intent however. But realize tonight, we were created by God to be a Warrior Race. We sing the song, Mighty Warrior, dressed for battle, so what do warriors do? They win battles so they can have control. Isn’t that true? Now, how do they win battles? Well, by being more powerful than their opponent. Each side has a commander. Now if you are a Christian, your commander is Jesus Christ, and if you have read the last chapter of the book you discover we win when we fight for Him. I don’t know about you, but it is important to be on the winning side, and on Jesus side we know we have victory.
But why do we have to fight? It is because we have a destiny. 2 Timothy 2:11,12 says, Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with Him, we will also live with Him; if we endure, we will also reign with Him. From this I can conclude, if we endure, if we stay the course and don’t lose faith, than our destiny is to reign and rule with Jesus Christ.
So how do we fulfill our destiny, our calling? How many of you would like to have Jesus come to you, place a crown on your head, and then say, “Look out at Seattle, it’s yours to reign and rule over.” There is an interesting passage in Genesis 1:28 which says,
God blessed them and said to them: Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it. This was right after the creation of man and woman. How are we to subdue the earth? Webster’s Dictionary says the word subdue means to conqueror, to bring into subjection, to overpower by superior force, to overcome.
Why do we have people today who do not believe in the Christian message? Why is it when Jesus defeated Lucifer on the Cross, or even before than when he rebelled in heaven, that God did not sent him to destruction at that time? It was so we could fulfill our destiny, it was so we could develop into our potential. We have not been called to be wimpy Christians but valiant warriors. Are you ready to subdue Seattle and the surrounding communities?
For the most part, I see Christians who are just living, just getting by, just existing and have not developed into their full potential. Like babies who have never learned to walk, never coming into the understanding there are greater things in life outside of where they crawl. People, don’t settle for mediocrity in your Christian life, reach out and attain to your potential, be a warrior of Jesus Christ.