According to the Word of God, the kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of God are engaged in constant conflict, making the universe and its inhabitants at perpetual war. In this conflict, thankfully, Christ Jesus has won the victory through his sinless life, redemption through his blood, and power through his resurrection. In this great War of the Ages, Christ is the victor (Christus Victor). He has bound the “strong man” (the devil), plundered his house, and has taken the spoils the strong man collected. While the enemy is already defeated, he has not yet been fully destroyed. He constantly attacks the servants of Christ, and prowls about like a lion looking for prey. We must adopt a warfare mentality if we are going to represent Christ and his Kingdom.
The heart of the spiritual battles and victories we engage in are not against human beings. Our weapons are not the same kind of weapons that the world uses. Rather, we employ the promises and truths of the Word of God. Through those weapons we can demolish arguments and lies and experience the truth of God’s deliverance in Christ.
Eternal God, thank you for the weapons of warfare you have provided in Jesus Christ. We do not use the weapons of this world in the warfare we are engaged in. Thank you for the armor of God you provide, and the Word of God, which can demolish all the arguments against your knowledge. Make us strong in your word. Amen.
Priests are invitation bearers. This is a reflection of our function as representatives of God to the people in our workplace. We are message bearers entrusted with the Good News that God wants peace and friendship with all the people in our community, family, and workplace. In fact, God wants peace with everyone on planet earth, but let’s start with the people we have access to first. Of course, before a person can have peace with God, they need to hear and accept God’s terms for peace. This is called the ministry of reconciliation. We invite people to have peace with God on God’s terms. This is one of our key responsibilities as a priest.
~ Scott Breslin, Embracing Our Priestly Nature at Work: A Theology and Practice for Ordinary Saints. Eugene OR: Resource Publications, 2017. p. 49.
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