The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 about our service lives and in that great passage of Scripture we are called earthen vessels (ostrakinos-hard baked dirt pots); formed and enlisted by our Potentate Commander to be used as bond servants for the sake of Christ. Servant lambs to the slaughter. Lights on the hill. Salt to the earth.
We are then, by design, dispensable terra cotta and fragile and we do not present ourselves to the world. Instead, we bring Jesus as Lord and present Him before men. Light has shone out of darkness and that Light is in our hearts forever radiating the glory of God in the face of Christ. Our business is the establishing of faith communities by the power of the Holy Spirit through the preaching of the Gospel. In these pockets of grace we establish new relationships on every level of our lives as we seek to mature in our faith with love being our overarching command. Through this transforming mercy, the world can taste the coming consummation.
However, this walk is lined with many difficulties. We know that we will be afflicted in every way, perplexed, persecuted, and struck down. Trials come with the pilgrimage. Yet, we also have the surpassing greatness of the power of God as well and, as a result we are not crushed, we do not despair, we are not forsaken, and we are not destroyed.
The victory of Christ in the world is seen in His people as the church triumphant marches in unity to storm the gates of hell both in greatness and in grief as we seek to rescue souls from torment and death by proclaiming, preaching, and pleading the gospel. None of this is of us. It is a spiritual war.
This blog represents that fight.