What image comes to mind when you think of a warrior? A larger-than-life character with larger-than-life muscles, running across a grassy field, littered with wounded, toward the enemy lines? Maybe you think of our troops who have been fighting overseas for our freedom and the freedom of others? Even on a spiritual side, we may envision a warrior as someone who does awesome things that everyone sees. A name everyone recognizes.
We all have our own images of what a warrior looks like. But the truth is, we all have the potential to be warriors in Christ and it’s not in the strength of our body or the recognition of our face. The bible says in 1 Peter,
God will use those who are humble before Him as mighty warriors. These are the ones like Moses, who recognized their inability, and allow God to be glorified in the mighty things accomplished. If we are a true warrior for God, we will recognize that our lives are lived for His glory. His purpose. His fame.
If it is anything other than that, we’re not a warrior, we’re just self-promoters. (see pharisee)
So the next time you think of a warrior, maybe a different image will come to mind. Maybe it will be the 78 year old lady who attends intercessory prayer each Tuesday to seek God for others. Or the guy that cleans the restrooms at church, who’s name you can never remember, that also volunteers to help boys without fathers at the center downtown.
What we see as a warrior isn’t necessarily what God sees as a warrior.