Missionary Weapons: The Dedicated Man in everyday occasions
We presume that we would be ready for battle if confronted with a great crisis, but it is not the crisis that builds something within us - it simply reveals what we are made of already.
God's training ground, where missionary weapons are formed, is the hidden, personal, worshipping life of the man. Ministering in everyday opportunities that surround us does not mean that we select our own surroundings - it means being God's very special choice to be available for use in any of the seemingly random surroundings which He has engineered for us.
A dedicated man does not think clearly until a long time passes, but a dedicated man ought to see clearly without any difficulty. You cannot think through spiritual confusion to make things clear; to make things clear, you must obey. We see like children, and when we try to be wise we see nothing. Matthew 11:25
Temptation may come to us suggesting a possible shortcut to the realization of our highest goal - it may not direct us toward what we understand to be evil, but toward what we understand to be good. Temptation may confuse us for a while, and we may not know whether something is right or wrong. However, in this circumstance, when we yield to it, we make lust a god, and the temptation itself becomes the proof that it was only our own fear that prevented us from falling into sin earlier.
Temptation is not something we can escape; in fact its essential to the well-rounded life of a person. God does not save us from temptations - He sustains us in the midst of them. Hebrews 2:18 and 4:15-16. Satan does not temp us to make us do wrong things - he temps us to make us lose what God has put into us through regeneration, namely, the possibility of being of value to God.
As a Dedicated Man, Jesus Christ's honor is at stake in our bodily lives. Are you remaining faithful to the Son of God in everything that attacks His life in you?
Have a blessed and sacred week. Shalom!