Can a soldier fight without proper education and training?
Can a car run effectively without gasoline?
Will a lamp shine brightly without drawing power from the electrical socket?
If the answer to all these questions is “no” why do we think we can woo a lost world with the love of Jesus Christ without first-hand experience? Personal experience trumps empty, lifeless words any day of the year.
A sermon I once heard my husband preach comes to mind here. One statement he made had to do with really knowing someone. For instance, I might see the name “Margaret Smith” in the local phone listings, but when someone asks me about this woman, I know nothing of her. I see her name, but I do not truly know who she is. I don’t know what makes her tick, her hobbies or interests, I cannot even tell you what color hair she has, or how tall she is. This “Margaret” is a complete stranger to me.
In that same manner, many know the sweet name of Jesus. But, I want to pose the question, do you really know Him? Has He equipped you with His holy armor? Has He won your heart with His constant pursuance of love? Has He captured you by His selfless sacrifice?
Without communication, relationships die. Without training, soldiers also die at the hands of enemies. Without gas, a car dies. No power, no source of strength, no water drawn from the well of life means starvation and death. Period. What can a dead man do?
In other words, salt without savor has no purpose. As Matthew 5:13 says, “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”
How can an untrained soldier train another soldier? It’s like the blind leading the blind. It cannot be done. The two would be unequipped for battle.
Ephesians 6 speaks of putting on the full armor of God. Specifically in verses 10 and 11 it says, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” A true relationship with Jesus craves ongoing prayer and study of The Holy Bible because that is the only way to develop it. Let me restate the fact that without an ongoing relationship and an organic testimony, we cannot be effective witnesses for His kingdom.
God can absolutely influence and draw one to Him without using another person. But, more than not He uses people as influential instruments to play the song of His love so others can hear it for the first time. Being a trained soldier is equally important to self and to others. There are people in your walk of life that can only be influenced and trained by you. You are instrumental in what they hear and see of Jesus.
Become trained by Jesus if your aren’t already and keep a desire to learn. Put on the full armor and be willing to train up those around you for the world we live in. Without it, they will die. But, with the armor comes wrap-around protection, boldness to speak and to live without compromise the Truth of Jesus Christ.
Go fourth, be prepared and prepare others for battle. The Army of the Lord is gaining momentum on the enemy!