Sometimes, in a battle, you’ll hear those in charge say something like, “We’re mobilizing for defense”. That means they’re gathering the troops together in such a way to make a stronger stand. And that can be an excellent move. But it isn’t always the move to make. In fact, if it becomes habit, it means some sort of fear is driving decisions. Fear can drive you so far into a defensive position that you can find yourself hiding “under a basket or under a bed“. That’s not a good defense or offense, and it doesn’t make sense.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s understandable how you could let fear rule your day or your decisions. We’ve all been there…done that. But it doesn’t make sense. Well…to be clear I’ll say…it doesn’t make sense if you’re a Christian. For one simple reason. God didn’t give you a spirit of fear. He gave you a spirit of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
What can (or could) you do with power, love, and a sound mind?
Hmm…how about…”all things“? That just about covers everything doesn’t it. But even though you can do all things, it doesn’t me you actually do. That’s when you’ve made a choice to lean on your own understanding, not God’s. Let’s look at it from His perspective for a moment…
God knows He created you. He gives you power, love, and a sound mind. He gives you freedom to choose your own path. And He offers His wisdom and understanding of how the world and everything in it works. All you need to do to tap into that wisdom and understanding is read His Word and enjoy the renewing of your mind which comes from it. When you form that habit, it’s much easier to pass it on to others who need to hear about it. What others would that be? All others. Everyone on the planet. Those who will love hearing it…and those who will hate the message…and even the messenger.
I started out this message talking about “mobilizing”. Here are some synonyms for that word:
- stir up
- whip up
Next time you find yourself “mobilizing for defense” in some part of your life, ask yourself if your actions are doing anything like those words. If not, maybe it’s time for a new strategy…one that taps into God’s wisdom and understanding. One that uses the best resources at your disposal. One that boldly proclaims you’re a follower of the one true, living, loving God of creation.