THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE PROFILE OF A HOLY WARRIOR
Today’s reading: Acts 5:34-42
Today’s episode about the confrontation between the
apostles and the Sanhedrin is instructive about what makes
for a holy warrior. There are three basic elements.
a holy warrior is a man of God. He is holy as God is holy.
He is set apart and expends himself in living and fighting
for God. As such, God Himself protects, prospers and empowers
him. As such, he is invincible. As Gamaliel said, “if
this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will
destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be
able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting
against God.” (v.38b-39).
is God who sends forth a holy warrior. It is His work that
is to be done, His goals that are to be accomplished. He is
about building His Kingdom, and assaulting the dominion of
the enemy. He is already victorious. His holy warrior shares
in that victory.
the centuries, many powerful people and groups and governments
have fought the Church and have tried to destroy it. They
have all failed. After two millennia, with many powerful people
and governments having come and gone, the Church is still
a holy warrior is consumed with zeal for God’s work.
He is passionate, unrelenting, insistent, persistent, ever
moving forward. He is focused on evangelization and mission,
both within the Church and without, especially for families,
his own and others as well. “And all day long, both
at the temple and in their homes, they did not stop teaching
and proclaiming the Messiah, Jesus.” (v.42).
a holy warrior is willing to endure any hardship for the sake
of the Kingdom. He knows he will be bruised, bloodied and
even killed. He realizes the task is hard and the enemy strong,
and there will be ups and downs in the struggle. But he also
knows what his Master went through in order to win for us
our salvation. He suffered and died. That is the holy warrior’s
fate as well, and he rejoices when given the privilege to
live this out. When the Sanhedrin had the apostles flogged,
they were “rejoicing that they had been found worthy
to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.” (v.41).
They not only endured but they rejoiced! A holy warrior wears
his suffering and scars as a badge of honor.
these three elements, a holy warrior can never be put down
or discouraged, no matter what happens. He has God fighting
for him. He is totally focused on the work. He rejoices in
suffering for the sake of Christ.