Civilian or Warrior?

One of the young men answered, “Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence, and the LORD is with him.” – 1 Samuel 16:18

I have been reading a lot about David recently. He was man after God’s own heart and I want that so bad in my own life. The preceding verse really spoke to me on who he was.

Skillful. Man of Valor. Man of War. Prudent. Presence. The Lord was WITH HIM.

If that’s not a description of a Christian Warrior, I don’t know what is. We, as men, have a lot of decisions to make in life. The most important, by far, is the type of Christian man you decide to be. Warrior or Civilian.

How do they differ?

When a gun fight breaks out, how does a Civilian react? They run for cover. That is who they are. They are conflict adverse. They do not engage hostile forces.

Warriors, on the other hand, run to the sound of gun fire. That’s their call to action. It has been bred into their DNA. They have trained themselves well for battle. They keep their weapons clean and ready. They EXPECT A FIGHT.

The question needs to be asked then… How do I approach my faith?

Do I person read the bible and actually believe it to be the sword of truth? Do I memorize scripture and expect my thinking to change? Do I pray for those around me, knowing that God will do stuff in peoples lives?  Am I engaged or just playing bible games?

If I were actually engaged and in battle, I would have the scars to prove it. A man needs to accept where they are weak and uncommitted, change it up, and engage themselves spiritually like it’s something worth giving their life for. Battle tested Warrior. Solid character. The LORD, who creates worlds with His breathe, was with him. As a man, it sounds like time for a gut check.