The statement sounds almost sacrilegious – yet it is true! “So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers.” (Heb. 2:11) We each have an important, necessary, and yes – heroic role to play in these battles against evil. And the rewards for those who finish well are beyond our imagination. But we must fight for holiness in order to live out our God-given legacies and in order to have a right relationship with God our Father. Of course this fight will not be easy. The apostle Paul continues by saying, “But if we are to share in his glory, we must also share his suffering.” (Rom. 8:17)
Yet many of us have lost heart that there is anything better to fill our God-given thirst and passion than pornography, illegitimate sex, alcohol, drugs, or the insatiable pursuit of power and money. We often fall into quiet, addictive behaviors – living secret lives and hiding in dark caves to shield our shame from others. “They hate the light because they want to sin in the darkness.” (John 3:20) Yet we know deep down that a sinful lifestyle is not truly satisfying – and it never leads to true peace – which is what we fight for! To win this great war against evil, it is essential that God be “with us” – yet sinful lifestyles separate us from a holy God. But when God is with us, “He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few.” (1 Sam. 14:6)
So let’s fight to get out of the dark caves. There is something better than our sinful addictions to satisfy our thirst! There is an heroic mission that men are being called to join. This is a noble cause for which each of God’s image-bearers were uniquely created and designed to be a part. And every man is essential to the cause. We are being called to be brothers of Christ – the King of kings and Lord of lords; to follow Him into battle; to become more like Him; and to have a real relationship with God the Father.
The Bible teaches us that there will be a day when men will pull out their swords and unite with Christ for freedom’s sake – when men finally will embrace the “blood of the Lamb” and choose to no longer live in the dark bondage of sinful addictions – and when we clearly see that what the world has to offer is meaningless (see Rev. 12:11). Satan knows when this happens, his empire will be destroyed by the Saints of God! We are close to that day – “for such a time as this!” And “we few, we happy few, we band of brothers” do not want to miss out on what God is doing in this generation!