When I think about being all I can be for God, I envision a powerful warrior, covered in sweat, in the heat of the battle wielding a sword covered with the blood of the enemy, completely focused upon protecting and defending those he loves and the freedom he cherishes. He is the warrior that the enemy seeks to take out. His comrades know where his loyalty lies and the enemy knows he’s looking for them. He’s not playing games; he’s taking names. The enemy is never his friend and there will be no negotiating. His goal is absolute victory. Everything he does and all his basic needs are traced back to his goal…to defeat the enemy and bring honor to his King. Do we have any greater cause than to fight for The King who conquered death and hell so we could live? When we were born again, we were given a royal commission to become mighty warriors for God. We are to fight the battles which make an eternal difference. What battles have we chosen? Are they petty, ridiculous, self-centered, short-term, self-aggrandizing–battles? Can the world look at us and even know whose side we’re on? Are we taking out so many of the enemy’s strongholds that we are his priority target? Or, are we so afraid of the enemy so we’ve ingratiated ourselves to keep from being recognized and harmed? At the end of his life, Paul the Apostle made this amazing statement: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy ‭4:7) Talk about goals! At the end of our life, to be able to look into the eyes of our fellow warriors and KNOW we fought with all our might to preserve eternal Truth and secure everlasting freedom for others–wow! To be able to lay down our sword at King Jesus’ feet and KNOW we followed His death-and-hell-conquering example–double wow! This is a faithful warrior’s legacy. We are in an intense battle against the wicked one who is passionate about destroying everything good. He is our enemy, and hell is his destiny. We must not become unwittingly deceived into fighting for his evil cause. Our life must project a clear message about the King we serve and never be mistaken for an enemy of the cross. When we are warriors of Christ then we have no reason to befriend the enemy, be fearful of his power, or blend in with his ways because God gives us all we need to win. We fight FOR Almighty God and by HIS strength. “ I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)