Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples. (Luke 14:31-33)
Many of our fathers, grandfathers, uncles, great-grandfathers, and great-uncles fought in World War II. If it weren’t for these brave men of the Greatest Generation, most if not all of our world would be Communist. Many of the battles shouldn’t have been won, but God allowed breakthroughs in technology and helped our men when the odds were overwhelming. These men gave up everything, some even their lives, because the terms of peace meant no peace, no freedom. God fought with them, and they won.
When we’re disciples of Jesus, God will fight for us also. We may be called upon to give our time, our money, or even our lives to a good cause, but God gives us so much in return – love, abundant life, joy, family, good friends, gifts, pets, beauty/nature, and eternal life with Him. When we fight God’s fight and are willing to give up everything, God gives us much more in return.
Father God, thank you for the men of the Great Generation, most of whom are with You now, and thank you for fighting with them so much of the world still has freedom to worship You. Father, help the races of this nation get along not by warring, but by loving each other as You love each of us and realizing that anarchy, accusations, political division, racism, and police defunding come from the enemy. Help me to love and be willing to give up everything for abundant life and Your greater causes. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.