You’ve probably heard the terms “spiritual war” or “spiritual warfare” before, as they relate to the Christian church. But if you haven’t, they refer to the ongoing, seemingly endless, battle that exists between the forces of good, represented by the Lord, good angels, and people who have ‘come to the Lord’s side’, and the forces of evil, represented by the devil, bad (or fallen) angels (also called ‘demons’), and people who have not yet come to the Lord’s side (many of whom unfortunately never will). This, then, represents the war that is currently raging.
But I have a question for you, and perhaps you have not really thought too much about this, if at all. Do you realize that every war has its beginning and end? That’s right. In every war that has existed, up until the present day, there has been both a beginning and an end. You may say, “That is quite obvious, Danny. Why are you telling me this?” Simply for this reason: that one day, the present war, which continues to rage, is going to have its end! That’s right: it is ‘one day’ going to be ‘quite finished.’
Now in a war, there are some who act as carriers of weapons. Some get on the front lines and use those weapons. There are those, who are equally valuable, who cook, in order to make sure that those who do the fighting can keep doing so. There are also those who act as medical workers, and technicians, and engineers, and delivery persons, and mechanics, and the like, who are all part of the war effort. This reminds me of some videos I saw at Canada’s Aviation Museum that date back to the first and second world wars, in which Canada played a large part in the war effort by building airplanes. Both men and women were seen in the videos doing ‘their part’ to build these airplanes: Some of them were skilled at engineering, while others were skilled at painting. In the end, it seemed that almost everyone who could do anything got involved. No task was too menial, and people were needed for all sorts of jobs. Learning how to use a screwdriver does not take a great deal of training, and in the end, a person who might have considered himself ‘useless’ at doing anything, found himself — or herself — contributing to this ‘war effort’ in the most meaningful, and personally satisfying, of ways, as they knew that everything they did counted in the most serious of manners.
It is no wonder that during the war, there were little issues of ‘mental disease’ or cases of depression to be considered — for everyone got involved in the fight and new that they were doing something useful and meaningful! That is a far cry from today, in which people who seemingly have nothing to do — and feel the sense of hopelessness that that brings — are often the very ones that are visiting psychiatrists and counselors to try and figure out what the problem is! Well, I would not like to undermine anyone’s problems too much — for I honestly do not know what personal problems each of you is facing — but I will say one thing, and I hope you get the point: when we are busy at doing something that we know and feel is productive and has ‘real impact’, then we are much less likely to feel lonely, and depressed, and “down in the dumps” (rotten). Instead, we are bound to feel that we are doing something that is entirely worthwhile and useful — something that is helping people.
So I’d like to ask you, do you know where you fit in this spiritual war that is going on? Are you a painter? Are you a delivery person? Are you a prophet or an evangelist? What is your calling? And what are you doing about making sure that you get the opportunity to ‘serve’ in this war (for we have all been called to serve). The second thing I’d like to ask you is this — and this brings us back to the first point that I was trying to make above: Do you realize that this war which we are currently embroiled in, is one day going to be over and done with? With a realization like this, what ‘medals’ are going to be ascribed to you in the end, when it is all over with? What medals will you have earned? What medals, possibly, will you have forfeited by not having done all you could to serve the Lord and find out how you fit? We all know that the reason a person serves in a war is not to gain medals for himself, but I’d still like to challenge you with this question, because I think it has a great deal of merit.
What crowns and jewels will you be able to raise up high, and say, “Thank you, Lord, for this gift!” What, I would like to ask you, do you have coming to you? “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” (Matthew 16:27) “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” (Revelation 22:12)