Battleground or Playground?

What is this life to you Christian?  I guess it depends on how you look at it.  How we perceive our lives lends to how we live our lives.  Do you look at your life as a battleground or a playground?  Do you think about the next movie you will watch, the next meal you will eat out the next vacation you get to go on, etc?  Are you leisurely going through life making yourself at home in it or do you think about how you might draw closer to the Lord and look to fulfill His calling for your life?  Right now, what is on your agenda today, this week and this month?  What is it that fills your thoughts and plans?

May I remind you that this world is not our home.  For the Christian it was never meant to be a leisure walk or a playground.  Rather, God tells us in 2 Timothy 2:4 that “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”  The Lord also tell us in Ephesians 6:11-18 that we are to put on all the armor of God. Consider what Ephesians 6:13 teaches us, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”  I know that this is not a popular message in our generation where we want to have fun and relax, or even bask in the joy of the Lord free from any problems.  The truth is for a Christian following God, this life is often a battle.  Living for God breeds problems in a dark world and in an evil generation.  C.H. Spurgeon said over 100 years ago that “No man can be a Christian these days without being a controversialist.”  If that was true in Spurgeon’s day, it is only more true today. If you never have problems, confrontations, troubles to some degree, it is likely that you are not battling for the Lord.  A person who reaches out to the lost is constantly fighting battles, but it is worth it to him “…that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

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