Warrior / Restorer
Updated: Mar 13, 2019
These are my grandfathers - Arthur (left) and Jack (right). Both fought in World War II. Arthur was in the Royal Army Medical Corp and served in Sicily and North Africa. Jack was in the Royal Armoured Division and airborne and served in North Africa and Northern Europe.
Jack was on the front line. He drove flame thrower Crocodile tanks and in a very physical sense he took the fight to the enemy. Arthur served in makeshift hospitals tending to the wounded and restoring the weary. Both were in the ‘theatre of war’ and both answered the call and served in the British Army.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. [Eph 6:12]
The Holy Spirit tells us through the epistles that our warfare is different from that of men. We are actually called in this fight to be both Jack and Arthur - both fierce warrior and healer/restorer. You cannot separate the two. Both functions are facets of the character of God and we are made in His image. Love and warfare co-exist and are entwined in this heavenly battle.
The Kingdom of Heaven advances on earth and it advances as territory is taken back from our enemy. Where is this territory? It is within the hearts of men and women. We are liberated as we believe and experience the truth about Christ and what He has done for us. We are then called to fight alongside, and for, our Lord and King to liberate and restore others.