Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
(John 18:36 (NIV))
I have a question for you to consider.
Is there a difference in fighting to prevent His arrest and fighting to reestablish Godly values? Does one answer automatically imply the other?
When Jesus was arrested, everyone expected the Messiah to be a military and political leader who would drive out the Romans and reestablish Israel. They expected Jesus to bring political freedom. What He brought was far from what they expected. Jesus brought grace and mercy. He brought salvation. He brought freedom from the consequences of sin!
He came to establish His eternal kingdom for all who would believe. This kingdom could only be fully established by His faithfulness to the plan of salvation that was unfolding. This plan required that He go to the cross and be resurrected on the third day!
For those who profess a faith in Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, we have been given a mission.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
(Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV))
Prior to this, Jesus had given the disciples instructions to follow when sharing the good news.
“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
(Matthew 10:16 (NIV))
If you look up the definition of the word shrewd, it can mean cleverness or discerning awareness. It can also mean severe, hard or piercing. When we look at these meanings in relationship to the instructions to put on the full armor of God, we are to prepare for battle.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
(Ephesians 6:12 (NIV))
Are we to fight for what we believe in? I believe that we are told to do just that, but not in the way that the world thinks of fighting. We are to share the light of Jesus into a dark and dying world. We are to rely on this Light to resist the enemy and not simply allow the enemy to have free run.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
(Ephesians 6:13-17 (NIV))
Do you fight for His kingdom?