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We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed;
perplexed, but not in despair;

persecuted, but not abandoned;
struck down, but not destroyed.
We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

2 Corinthians 4:8-10

 

It isn’t a secret that being a Christian is an everyday warfare.

A battle against the world that hates us. An everyday brawl just to win some. A constant conflict with your selfish pleasures. A moment to moment struggle to choose to think and to do the right thing.

So why bother?

When you see what the world around us is going through, when you see all the broken hearts desperate for redemption, when you feel the thick cloud of confusion surrounding the society, you’ll get into thinking.. Why not? Realizing the purpose why fight, why endure all the hardships being a true follower of Christ brings, you will also have a hard time to resist the call.

The call for you to be a soldier. A soldier of light.

But it definitely doesn’t end with merely accepting the call. After a while you’ll realize that it is only for the brave.

Only for the brave.

And this phrase does not even encompassĀ the immensity of the things you have to be brave for.

Just recently, Ā I had my heart pierced, beaten, hurled and tossed all over the place. I felt attacked until I was helpless emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. There wasn’t a single day that I did not experience it. And it was really challenging to keep on keeping on. Even posting a blog post, which I promised to God would be a way I’d serve Him, required a lot of fighting my demons.

I realized that 7 years of serving God does not guarantee that you have already surpassed all kinds of adversaries. It’s actually very close to being an actual war soldierĀ ā€” there’s no such thing as being in the war long enough. The longevity of the war you’re currently in doesn’t make it less painful to miss your family, nor does it lessen the pain of losing a friend. The longer you serve God, the more you realize the amount of work that has to be done, the greater responsibilities you bear (which also bring greater challenges with them), the moreĀ you have to die to yourself.

The heavier your cross becomes.

Maybe this is exactly what Paul meant when he said that “we always carry around in our body the death of Jesus”. The heart of our call is to save as many people from brokenness as possible, that they too may have lifeĀ in Christ,Ā but to carry this out means conquering every oppositionĀ that shall present itself and pioneering change in wherever God placed you.

It’s quite a challenge to keep on doing what you’re ought to do, what you’re created and equipped by God to do, when you are all battered and hurting. But a soldier never backs out just because of a little boo-boo. A bullet in his legs won’t keep him from crawling to the nearest weapon and shooting the enemy, even if it would cost him his last breath.

Oh, the struggle is real. The spiritual battle is hauntingly real. But nothing is more certain than the victory we have in Christ!

Amidst the chaos in the world, be the soldier who never yields to the enemy for the cause he bears! You’ll be hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned, struck down but not destroyed. Jesus’s victory is your victory. So stand your post and, as Shakespeare put it..

FIGHT TILL THE LAST GASP!

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