Tower Wars. We attack. We defend. We build. We are good at these kinds of games. But how are we at life? How are we at attacking, defending and building?
What is it we are attacking? We attack our opponent, the enemy. Who is the enemy? Satan. The forces of evil. Sin. But instead of attacking such things we attack our brothers, sisters, parents, children, co-workers, friends and enemies… when Jesus said that we should love our enemies. We attack each other and do Satan’s work for him. We become the hands and feet of Satan and the instruments of sin instead of the hands and feet of God and instruments of love. Let us turn focus our attack to the real enemy.
What is it we are defending? We defend that which is important to us. What SHOULD BE important to us? The glory of God. The name of Jesus Christ. Our faith. Our family, friends, and loved ones. But what IS important to us? Equality. Fairness. Our pride. Our glory. We take the time to defend ourselves, making sure we are treated equally and fairly. We take the time to defend our pride and glory, not wanting to be put down, to be made lower, to be made less than what we deserve. We defend our pride and help it grow, even though God absolutely hates pride. Let us not shield ourselves but those around us, to build them up until they are higher than us, and then continue to defend them even more. Let us defend the glory of God and His great name, not because He is defenseless and unable to defend Himself, but because He is the one we love above all others.
What is it we are building? I am on a mission to build up my life, to make myself wealthy, to make myself popular and well-known, to make myself powerful and important, to make myself happy, to build up my possessions, my house and my kingdom. And while I build up my kingdom, the enemy attacks and destroys the kingdom of God –not the actual Kingdom of God (Satan has no power to destroy God’s kingdom), but the kingdom of God in me. Let us not build up our own kingdom, but God’s kingdom. For me, that begins with making sure the kingdom of God is secure and strong within, doing the things necessary to make it grow, not out in my city or in my neighborhood, but within me. The battle is not out there, but within…in the heart, in the mind. Only when the kingdom is secure in me can I begin to look outside and expand the kingdom of God out there, in others. Slowly, one by one, person by person, the kingdom of God is built. But may we each say, “Let His kingdom first reign in and be built in me.”