Fit to fight
“Let him who desires peace, prepare for war.” — Flavius Vegetius Renatus–
One of the main goals in being fit to fight is to deepen our sensitivity to one profound fact: weapons are only as good as our training. By now, I sense you feel in your gut, like I do, this inherent responsibility to train with your weapons — to train up, load up, suit up, and show up. And yes I think we can safely say it’s a kindred spirit with the Lord Jesus Christ moving inside. It’s a spiritual reality, a brotherhood born of battle and blood, steeped in a proud tradition, and forged from one Man’s willingness to lay down His life for us.
We can’t explain this connection fully, but what we do know is this: every God’s man gets Jesus as a man. This means you long to fight the way Jesus fought, to sacrifice the way He sacrificed, and to win liberation for someone else the way he liberated you. “In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exits, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. Both the one which makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers” (Hebrews 2:10-11).
Women can appreciate this sentiment, even applaud it. But they can’t sense the male bonding and our shared responsibility as men. It is the stuff of brothers. That’s why, as fighting God’s men, we live the language of weapons, demolitions, and one-on-one struggles with our enemy. Not because we’re armchair navy SEALSs, but because all of these concepts are in the training manual. We are identity-and duty-bound to be proficient with them in all forms.
Father, you have given me the tools, the training and clearly identified the battle. Thank you for trusting me.