What kind of people do you prefer in positions of power and authority and importance?
Take a king, for example. Would you put into a position of power and authority someone with no backbone? Someone who is fragile, who can’t make sound judgments, whose thinking is muddied? Someone who listens to those who don’t have their best interest at heart, who themselves are clouded and deceived? How about a representative with no nobility or sense of self-worth? How about someone who made justifications for their failures and shortcomings, who always pointed a finger of blame at someone else and never took responsibility for themselves? How about someone who ruled with their feelings & emotions, based on whether or not they were feeling magnanimous that day or who took out their bad mood on everyone else? Who let circumstances rule and dictate their lives and decisions?
Or would you want someone who was level-headed, who upheld the laws of the land for the benefit of those whom they were chosen to represent? Someone who could do hard things, make fixed decisions not based on what others think or feel but by what was right and true, no matter who would deride them or criticize them or lie to them, no matter who would try to deceive them to get them to change their minds and falter from their position? Someone who ruled and reigned with dignity, love, compassion and virtue? Who knew truth and stuck to it no matter how they felt or what the situation or conditions were surrounding them?
What about a holy person…would you want a spiritual representative who lived however they wanted? With no sense of true righteousness, sanctification or holiness? What if they spoke and acted like those who are outside of the ministry? Swearing, complaining, grumbling, murmuring, gossiping, backbiting, and criticizing? Would you want someone who has no understanding of scripture? Who has no real idea of the true nature of God, who maybe at best has a half-hearted relationship with the Lord, who takes no time to seek the Him, to know Him and His Word and to love Him? (This person IS supposed to be Christ’s ambassador to you, now, don’t forget.) Would you want someone who exalts and puts the world’s wisdom above God truth?
Or would you want someone who takes the lives of others seriously? Who cared for the well-being of their fellow man above themselves and took great care to really know God, love God, get revelation about His Word and His truth so that they can, like Jesus, preach and teach with great authority, with the ability and power to set others free just like Jesus ordained them to do? To be a true representation of Christ to others?
How about soldiers…those commissioned to be on the frontlines of war? Would you put soldiers on the battlefield who were weak and fearful? Who couldn’t hold their ground when the enemy came in hot? Would you want a soldier on the frontline who ignored the enemy or who maybe threw half-hearted threats his way but then would turn tail and retreat when the enemy made an attempt or attacked in return?
What if the enemy captured your child? Or your husband? Or you? What kind of soldier would you want fighting for you then? Would you want one with fire or fear in their eyes? Would you want soldiers who are stout-hearted, who, though they may feel fearful in the moment, in the heat of war, were still unwilling to turn and run? Who would press on and in anyhow despite the dread, who would instead advance on the enemy, who would not give up or give in until they took back the territory that was stolen, until the prisoners of war were reclaimed and set free and reconciled? People who were not afraid to get dirty, whose hands are scarred and calloused and bruised and bloodied from constantly knocking back the enemy forces, ensuring safety and protection?
Do you have your answer?
Okay, now let me ask: which category do YOU fall in?
You see, if you are born-again, if you are a “Christian,” a follower of Christ then you are:
1: A king
2: A priest
3: A soldier
4: An ambassador of Christ.
“And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1:6
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” 1 Peter 2:9
“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” 1 Timothy 2:3
“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20
Do you see yourself this way? Did you even know that this was who you now are? First and foremost you are a son, and as a son you are given an inheritance, the Kingdom of God.
“And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me.” Luke 22:29
And as a son you are given a position in the kingdom and these are positions of privilege and importance that are not to be taken lightly or flippantly and they are not OPTIONAL! (Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you .Matthew 28:20) THIS is who you are. Sons and daughters, adopted into the family of God, with rights and privileges, an inheritance that can’t be calculated or measured, given an assignment by Christ Himself with His authority and power, to rule, to reign, to represent, to fight and take back and reconcile and set free.
It is for the HERE AND NOW, not just for a future inheritance or freedom (why do we need the gifts of the Spirit, the blood, the Name, the Word, Holy Spirit Himself and the armor in the “afterlife”?). The Lord’s Prayer says, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” It doesn’t say “You’ll have to wait until you get to heaven to experience it.” He said, BRING IT HERE TO THE EARTH. How? Through co-laboring with Him, by being the temple of the Living God, carrying His Presence in us, with us, being baptized in His Spirit. How many times did Jesus say “Go to the people and tell them that the kingdom of heaven is AT HAND. Heal the sick, cast out demons, raise the dead!”??
We’re called to rule & reign (kings), be carriers of His Presence (priests), called to fight the good fight of faith and to go and repossess the gates of hell, reclaim what the enemy has stolen, setting free all those who are prisoners of war (soldiers). And we cannot do any of that if we are not sure, firm, set, steadfast, established, fully convinced, separated, sanctified, pressing in, living not just for Him but FROM Him, knowing who we are and all that we possess as His children. We cannot turn tail and run when the enemy strikes. We cannot allow ourselves to be moved or persuaded by outside sources or the enemy. We have to stand firm and strong against all opposition even if it means being uncomfortable or persecuted or ridiculed and no matter what things LOOK like in the natural. We cannot live from feelings and emotions, letting circumstances and situations dictate our beliefs. We cannot form theology and doctrine based on the failures of man, or blame God for what didn’t come to pass (i.e. the “God is Sovereign” doctrine or “If it be Thy will” prayers). We cannot live and talk as the world lives and talks. We must look different, live different. People should take one look at you and know that SOMETHING is different about you. You should exude light and life because that light and life should be living in you.
Brothers and sisters know this: we are not just in this for ourselves. We are in it for those out there suffering, in bondage, broken-hearted, sick, suicidal, lost, alone. We are in this to bring what we have been freely given to those who need it. All that you are learning in the Lord, all that you are going through in your faith-fight is NOT just for yourself and maybe your family. It’s for the world, friends.
So, I ask again: which one are you? But more importantly, which do you wish to be?