Normally, we speak about battling in combative terms. I guess that makes sense. But sometimes I wonder if we forget why we are engaged in battle. Why do we wield the sword of the Spirit? Is it to conquer enemies, to show mastery, to be victorious, to make a name for ourselves, or to be king of the mountain?
Why do we put on the armor of God and train ourselves for the trenches? Why? Is the main objective in doing battle with the evil forces of the world to do battle with the evil forces of the world?
The glory of the Gospel story is not that we do battle for battle's sake.
We do battle because God has asked us to dance.
Yes, God is asking us to step out with him on the cosmic dance floor where Satan is crushed underneath His feet. After describing the eternal dance of the Trinity, Tim Keller closes out chapter one of Jesus the King,
"[Christ] has gone before you into the heart of a very real battle, to draw you into the ultimate reality of the dance. What he has enjoyed from all eternity, he has come to offer to you. And sometimes when you're in the deepest part of the battle, when you're tempted and hurt and weak, you'll hear in the depths of your being the same words Jesus heard: 'This is my beloved child-you are my beloved child, whom I love; with you I'm well pleased.'"
If our excitement in training and armor wearing and sword wielding is about the battle, then we must ask the Lord to examine our hearts. Because the daily battling is not eternal. The temptations are not eternal. The struggle is not eternal.
The dance of our God is eternal - it existed before Adam's lungs held air - and this perfect dance is what we are invited to, what we are rescued into, and what we are made for.
Now, let's do Tuesday battle for dancing feet.
let LOVE fly like cRaZy
I highly recommend picking up a copy of Jesus the King (previously published as King's Cross) by Tim Keller. It is a great book to go through with new believers or old believers who want to dive into the Gospel of Mark with new believing eyes.