The call to War.What is going on? We are in a war with the world, the flesh, and the devil (collectively “Evil” or “The Enemy” in this writing)! The stakes are high! The kingdoms of light and darkness are colliding. The battle lines are being drawn – this is the epic battle of Good vs. Evil! This is THE Great War – and you are essential to the cause! You are being called upon to fulfill your destiny to be a “mighty hero.”
This War is invisible, internal, and often unexplainable. But it is real! Of course you feel it! The odds against us seem overwhelming and evil feels relentless. These are very important days – very possibly the last days! But there is great hope because our King is raising up an army of fully devoted followers! The Kingdom forces are led by Jesus Christ, and His armies are advancing. And in spite of what sins have been committed, you are being asked to join Him. It’s what you were made for! It is your destiny!
When Christ returns to earth in visible form, He will return armed for battle – ready to strike down the nations, with his robe dipped in blood and the armies of heaven following him on white horses. (see Rev. 19:11-16) “On his robe and thigh [will be] written this title: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” Jesus came last time as suffering servant, a lamb as a sacrifice for our sins. He will return as a military commander – a conqueror and king to execute judgement.
“I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.” (Isa. 45:3)
“I beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.” (Eph. 4:1)
WHAT WILL BE YOUR ANSWER TO THE CALL OF OUR KING?
Consider the Cost.
Before we answer “yes” to the call, we are told to “consider the cost.” The cost of discipleship is different than the cost of salvation. Salvation is a free gift to those who believe. (see John 3:16) Discipleship is an option, “If you want to be my follower….” (Luke 14:26, see also Oswald, My Utmost for His Highest, Feb. 2) For this decision, we are asked to consider the cost before we confront the overwhelming odds of War that we will face.
Salvation is free, but “you cannot be my disciple if you do not carry your own cross and follow me. But don’t begin until you count the cost… What King would ever dream of going to war without first sitting down with his counselors and discussing whether his army of ten thousand is strong enough to defeat the twenty thousand soldiers who are marching against him? If he is not able, then while the enemy is still far away, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace. So no one can become my disciple without giving up everything you own.” (Luke 14:27-28, 31-33 NLT)
So to join Christ’s Army, one must be willing give up everything – total surrender – NO MATTER THE COST! This War will not end by “negotiating” with the enemy. There will be no settlement and no compromise. Good and evil will not co-exist under a treaty. This “Great War” will end with absolute victory over evil.
The Bible teaches that few will have the courage to say “Yes” to the call of our King:“The gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.” (Math. 7:14 NLT) “The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few.” (Math. 9:37 NLT) The “few” who join this army are choosing the narrow road and the hard path of life – for it is a battle! And our King will ask more from us than we think is humanly possible – because our mission will not be “humanly” possible. To survive, we will have to give up control and allow God to have victory through us.
Our generation is receiving a call to arms – to take up our swords for Him. Jesus says, “if you don’t have a sword, sell your clothes and buy one! For the time has come for this prophecy about me to be fulfilled.” (Luke 22: 36)
And what is the sword that we will rely upon to defeat evil? The Bible teaches us that the sword is the "word of God." (Eph. 6:17) So divine Scripture will provide our battle plans.
“If you maintain [your personal relationship to your personal Redeemer and Lord] at all costs, letting everything else go, God will fulfill His purpose through your life. One individual life may be of priceless value to God’s purposes, and yours may be that life.” Oswald, My Utmost, Nov. 30
The Rewards to those who say “Yes” to the Call?
Christ our King desires that we follow Him into battle and live out the unique and noble causes for which we each have been created – and then ultimately to receive the eternal rewards, honor, and glory that He has promised. What rewards? How about “true life,” “honor from God the Father,” “great glory that will last forever,” “a share in all the treasures God gives Christ,” “living happily no matter the circumstances,” and “overwhelming victory.” Could this be true? Well, that’s exactly what the Bible teaches. God has a good and glorious plan for your life. He wants you to remove your dirty clothes, to stop eating the food of pigs, and to put on the robe and ring of royalty. He wants you to embrace your true name and heritage. So, you see, there is something good in this life – and it’s worth fighting for!