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 truth of God in his holy Word can destroy every argument and opinion that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. Through our skillful use and faith in the Word of God we can bring every thought captive to obey Christ. We win as we walk by faith in God’s Word, and not by sight.
Thank you, Father, that we can destroy every argument and opinion that opposes your will and truth and can bring every thought into obedience to Christ. Your Word is truth; show us how to wield your Word, and cling to your weapons of warfare as we represent you in this world today. For Christ’s sake, 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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