Offering the Brotherhood of ChristOnce we have made the decision say “Yes” to the call of our King, we then are commanded by Him to engage in the battle side-by-side with other men of God – other brothers! Our King always sent his disciples out in “pairs.” But few men in our generation have real and authentic, Jonathan/David type relationships with other men. Most men walk alone and carry hidden shame.
- Do you have another man in your life who knows your complete, unfiltered and uncensored story?
- When you fall to intentional sin, do you have a man in your life to whom you always confess your sins?
- Is there another man in your life who truly believes in your unique and important role in the great story that is unfolding – in spite of your confessed sins?
If the answer to any of the questions above is “no,” then you are walking alone! There is no great and noble cause that has ever been accomplished alone.. If we walk alone, we cannot live out the heroic story for which we were created. Therefore, Satan’s primary strategy is to divide and conquer. For the enemy knows that when Christian men finally unite for the causes of Christ, then the end is near. Because the power of our God has been bestowed in the unity of His true disciples.
Once we have made the decision to engage for Christ – no matter the cost – and once we have found other true brothers to unite with in the battles ahead, then are we commanded to “go and make disciples of all the nations.” (Matt. 28:20)
So this ministry is about assisting our King in raising up true disciples. There are not many of us in this Band of Brothers Ministry – we few represent a small grass-roots movement. But Jesus started with the very first Band of Brothers of only 12 men to start this revolution. And only the few will be used by God to finish the job. For “the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.” (Matt. 7:14 NLT)
Yes, in this generation God is raising up a small band of fully devoted, no matter the cost followers. And God will use this band to advance the Kingdom of God.The battle will be difficult and painful, and we could lose our very lives. But one thing is certain: first our sinful natures and our self-obsessions must be destroyed. As stated by Oswald Chambers, “Sin belongs to hell and the devil. I, as a child of God, belong to heaven and to God. It is not a question of giving up sin, but of giving up my right to myself, my natural independence, and my self-will. This is where the battle has to be fought.” (My Utmost, Dec. 9) One of our brothers who finished well, the apostle Paul, said that he “faced death daily.” (1 Cor. 15:31)
Yes, the odds against us will feel overwhelming at times. But, like Paul, we refuse to live a life dominated by fear, shame, and sin. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Tim. 1:7 NLT)
“We few, we happy few, we Band of Brothers” are a group of men who desire to be obedient to our King, who will unite for the cause of Christ, and who will trust in God’s ultimate goodness. Because He is good, we are not afraid to fight for the sake of righteousness.
The Great Story is Unfolding
The Lord of the Rings is a classic trilogy, but there is a larger story unfolding with this generation which involves the greatest story and trilogy of all time. Book 1 involved the creation of God’s beloved, the fall of man, and the rise of bondage and evil in the world. Book 2 brought both sadness and hope. God’s people were sad that our King came into the world as a servant and slave and had to die as a ransom for our lives. But we were left with great hope because of Christ’s resurrection and the indwelling of the Spirit that remains with His followers. What will happen in book 3? Will God’s beloved unite with Christ to advance the Kingdom and conquer evil because of our love for Him? Which of God’s image-bearers will be the “few” who choose the narrow road and engage as true brothers of Christ? What is the part you will play in this “Great War” between good and evil that will be talked about by the heavenly community for an eternity? You will not want to miss out on this adventure and your rightful place in the Royal Family - a brother of the King and a son of the living God! For one day all will be “judged according to the things written in the books, according to what they had done.” (Rev. 20:12)